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Sardines (Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship) [Paperback]

Nuruddin Farah

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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press,U.S.; Reprint edition (25 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155597161X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555971618
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,180,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fired from her job as editor of a national newspaper because of government disapproval of her editorial policies, Medina tries to give her daughter, Ubax, a sense of dignity and self-worth.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Women in Somalia 26 May 2000
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Sardines offered a tantalizing portrayal of African life under a military dictator. In particular, this book was strong in portraying women's issues in Somalia. The female gender is still actively oppressed in Somalia and Sardines illustrates this idea in a subtle, yet captivating way.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and metaphorical 9 Feb 2011
By Sharlene T - Published on Amazon.com
A difficult read this one, mostly because it is dark, grey, very internal, with an oppressive government just looming behind everyone. Sardines follows the lives of Medina, who loses her job as the editor of the national newspaper of Somalia. She struggles to bring up her young daughter Ubax, as her friend Sagal is herself trying to figure out whether she wants to flee Somalia or take part in some subversive political action, and discovering that she might be pregnant. Farah tends towards metaphors and lyrical, but meandering prose, but Sardines was in the end an interesting, complex read. Sardines is part two of Farah's Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy which also includes Sweet and Sour Milk and Close Sesame, which, judging from Sardines, can be read independently.
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