Nuruddin Farah

Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free RSVP 2018-11-01 7 p.m. 2018-11-01 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Nuruddin Farah 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for a reading and Q&A with Neustadt Prize-winner Nuruddin Farah, presented by Paul A. Bové and Boundary 2. Nuruddin Farah will be reading from his work Maps.


Nuruddin Farah was born in 1945 in Baidoa, Somalia. He is the author of numerous novels, novellas, short stories, and plays. His novels include Hiding in Plain SightCrossbones, and his trilogies Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship and Blood in the Sun, which comprises Maps and Gifts as well as Secrets. After the publication of Sweet and Sour Milk in 1979, Farah became persona non grata in Somalia and served a self-imposed exile of more than twenty years, before he was permitted to visit in 1996. His novels have been translated into many languages and have won numerous international awards. Farah was named the 1998 laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He now divides his time between Cape Town, South Africa and Annandale, New York.

New York Magazine’s Vulture features the book in their Fall Preview, noting: “A Somalian couple’s comfortable life in Oslo is overturned after their radicalized son kills himself in a suicide attack back home. His devout wife and two teenage children migrate to Norway, where they must navigate new lives in an unfamiliar society.

The Washington Post features it as one of the “Books to Read this Fall,” noting: “This Somali writer and frequently named contender for the Nobel Prize in literature has published more than a dozen novels. In “North of Dawn,” he tells the story of a couple in Oslo whose son dies in a suicide bombing in Somalia. Their efforts to assist his widow and children stir up fresh conflicts.”

And the HuffPost highlights it as one of the “Fall Books We Can’t Wait to Read,” writing: “In acclaimed novelist Farah’s latest, a Somali-Norwegian couple lose their son ― first when he turns to jihadism and decamps to Somalia, then permanently when he dies in a suicide mission. When they take in his widow and children, cultural and religious tensions boil. This book promises to explore oft-propagandized issues with intimacy and nuance.”


Nuruddin Farah is a member of the Boundary 2 Editorial Board.  Boundary 2 is a journal of literature and politics around the world.  Edited at the University of Pittsburgh, published by Duke University Press.




Paul A. Bové is the Editor of boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture, published by Duke University Press.  The journal has published recent special issues on major topics in the academy, including Antinomies of the Post-SecularSecond Hand Europe, as well as a Dossier: Orientalism and the Invention of World Literatures.  Forthcoming special issues include studies of Stuart Hall as an exemplary intellectual, “Marxism, Communism, and Translation,” and “New Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, and Feminism”–among others.  He is also the Editor of the B2 Review, which publishes extended online magazines on Digital CultureGender and Sexuality and Literature and Politics.


Event Details

November 1, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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