From a Crooked Rib (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 Nov 2003
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About the Author
Naruddin Farah was born in 1945 in Baidoa, in what is now the republic of Somalia.
The author of eight books, he was awarded the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Exiled from Somalia after the publication of his novel SWEET AND SOUR MILK, Farah began a lifelong literary pursuit: 'to keep my country alive by writing about it.'
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I found this to be a movingly simple and unaffected account from the perspective of a woman of few words and many insights. At times, she seems almost to become a cipher for the sujugation of women in Somalia, but Farah does not cast her as a rebel heroine flying well-formed ideological flags. In fact, I now realise that my desire for her to rebel and demand her rights is an orientalist desire informed by old fashioned white western feminism. Ebla's reality is not the reality my still-colonial mind imagines for her. Yet Farah condemns the injustice she suffers effectively in the revelation of each prosaic detail in the life of an ordinary woman; he makes her as alive to us as we are to ourselves.