“God created women from a crooked rib and anyone who trieth to straighten it, breaketh it.”
Novelist, essayist, and professor, Nuruddin Farah was born in 1945 in Baidoa, Somalia. He went to school in Kallafo in the Ethiopian-ruled Ogaden and in Mogadishu, the capital of the independent Somali Democratic Republic. He worked in the Somali Ministry of Education before studying Philosophy and Literature at the Punjab Univercity of Chandigarh in India. His first novel, From A Crooked Rib, was published in 1970 before he traveled to Britain to study Theatre. Farah speaks multiple languages such as Somali, Italian, Arabic, Amharic, and English; the language of his novels. His novels have been translated in several languages around the world. The large focus of Farah’s novel is on Somalia. This feminist novelist, as Anthony Appiah mentions in Nuruddin Farah “even when he’s following a big story-about what dictatorship does to a society- he tells it through the lives of fully imagined women and men and their families and friendships, and their vices and virtues; he makes it through what makes them individual, unique, special, and through what makes them like the rest of us, human.” From A Crooked Rib genuinely unfolds the story of a young girl who escapes home in deny of the arranged marriage with an older man. By publishing his next novel, A Naked Needle, Somali’s dictator of the time, Said Barre, exiled Farah for 22 years. Nuruddin Farah was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012. His novels include: Why Die So Soon (1965), Sweet and Sour Milk (1979), Sardines (1981), Close Sesame (1983), Links (2004), Knots (2007), Crossbones (2011), and more.
Nuruddin Farah is going to give a free public lecture on the power of literacy as well as reading from his latest work, Crossbones, to World Literature students, faculty, staff and any guests are welcome to attend. This event is taking place on Thursday October 18 at SFU Surrey (Westminister Savings Lecture Theatre (SUR 2600), Simon Fraser University - Surrey, #250 - 13450 102 Avenue ). As was said, this is a free event however the space is limited. Register below to reserve your seat:
Farah is going to be at the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival on Wednesday October 17 at Waterfront Theatre. Click on the link below for more info:
Also, super excited for this opportunity, Emily Peters will be interviewing Nuruddin Farah for the next issue of Lyre Magazine. Make sure to check it out!!
To watch previous interviews with Nuruddin Farah, follow the links below:
Nuruddin Farah in Norway
Salman Rushdie on Somali Writer Nuruddin Farah
Nuruddin Farah at the Commonwealth Club