373pp., hardback,d.w., New York, 2019
Gacalo and Mundi have lived in Norway for decades and raised two children. When their son is driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia and kills himself in a suicide attack they offer a home to his family. On arrival in Oslo their daughter-in-law retreats even more deeply into religion, while her children long to experience the freedoms of their new homeland.
Nuruddin Farah's novels include the trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship and Blood in the Sun. He has won numerous awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Born in Baidoa, Somalia, he now lives in Cape Town.