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Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa)

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As a feisty nomad, Fadumo freely roamed the wild steppes of her native Somalia until her mother delivered her into the hands of an excisor to undergo female genital cutting (FGC, also known as female genital mutilation or FGM), to be made a woman in the eyes of her tribe. The complications brought on by the circumcision provide the impetus to her search for health and her story. Fadumo first travels to the bustling city of Mogadishu and the household of a wealthy uncle, brother of the Somali president. She enters a world of luxury underpinned by political instability and cruelty in a country gearing for rebellion. As her symptoms worsen, she journeys to Germany, where she receives not only therapy but love and acceptance from the most unlikely of places.

Fadumo Korn weaves together a sensitive understanding of traditional practices with revelations about their disturbing effects. This deftly crafted tale, full of sorrow and surprising humor, provides a candid history of a life sculpted by crippling rheumatism and an unexpected path to recovery.

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"A moving, unsentimental, and informative account of the painful personal experience that inspired, and continues to fuel, [Fadumo Korn's] work." Francine Prose, People magazine

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"This impassioned, beautifully written memoir is a testament to the possibility of wedding literary prose to sophisticated political arguments. . . . A brutally honest, politically sensitive, and bold addition to literature on global women's health." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"A courageous . . . indispensable testament." Elfriede Jelinek, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Literature

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"Born in the Big Rains begins like a beautifully written work of fiction . . . but the writing's rich details and driving action belie that this is no tall tale . . . [Korn's] testament on FGM [is] brave and full of strength." Feminist Review

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“A moving, unsentimental, and informative account of the painful personal experience that inspired, and continues to fuel, [Fadumo Korn’s] work.”—Francine Prose, People magazine, starred critic’s choice

“This impassioned, beautifully written memoir is a testament to the possibility of wedding literary prose to sophisticated political arguments. . . . A brutally honest, politically sensitive, and bold addition to literature on global women’s health.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A courageous . . . indispensable testament.”—Elfriede Jelinek, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Literature

Selected as a Kirkus Reviews top pick for book clubs, Fadumo Korn’s story describes her brutal circumcision at age seven and her agonizing path to physical and psychological recovery.

Born a nomad, freely roaming the Somalian steppes, Korn nearly dies from the effects of female genital mutilation (FGM). As her health deteriorates, Korn is sent to Mogadishu for treatment and, despite the looming civil war, finds herself living amid luxury in the household of her uncle, a relative of the Somali president. Escaping the political upheaval, she travels to Europe for advanced medical care and eventually becomes an anti-FGM activist.

Fadumo Korn is the vice president of FORWARD-Germany, an organization dedicated to promoting action to stop FGM. She lives with her husband and son in Munich.

Writer and radio journalist Sabine Eichhorst is the author of Courage to Defend Yourself: Strategies against Sexual Violence and A Long Way Home: A Prisoner of Uzbekistan.

Dr. Tobe Levin is collegiate professor at the University of Maryland in Europe and co-founder of FORWARD-Germany.

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Now in paperback: a Kirkus Reviews book club pick and a People magazine's Critic's Choice.

About the Author

Fadumo Korn is the vice president of FORWARD-Germany, an organization dedicated to promoting action to stop FGM. She lives with her husband and son in Munich.

Writer and radio journalist Sabine Eichhorst is the author of Courage to Defend Yourself: Strategies against Sexual Violenceand A Long Way Home: A Prisoner of Uzbekistan.

Dr. Tobe Levin is collegiate professor at the University of Maryland in Europe and co-founder of FORWARD-Germany.

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Shoshana, September 14, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Fadumo Korn (her German husband's surname imposed on her by the German government) has written an engaging and unsentimental account of her experiences as a child in Somalia. She lived in a nomadic family whose city connections in Mogadishu turn out to be close relatives associated with the dictatorship. These relationships become important when Fadumo almost dies from infibulation (euphemistically called "female circumcision," though it is much more extreme than that). Fadumo's father brings her to the city to live with relatives; from there, she travels to Europe for medical treatment and, as time goes on, her family's fortunes change. An excellent and candid self-portrait of the making of an activist.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781558615786
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Somalia and Survival
Author:
Fadumo Korn and Sabine Eichhorst
With:
Eichhorst, Sabine
Translator:
Levin, Tobe
Author:
Levin, Tobe
Author:
Korn, Fadumo
Author:
ine Eichhorst
Author:
Eichhorst, Sabine
Author:
S, A. B.
Publisher:
The Feminist Press at CUNY
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
TRAVEL / Africa
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Women Writing Africa Series
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 in 8.5 oz

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Product details 196 pages Feminist Press - English 9781558615786 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A moving, unsentimental, and informative account of the painful personal experience that inspired, and continues to fuel, [Fadumo Korn's] work."
"Review" by , "This impassioned, beautifully written memoir is a testament to the possibility of wedding literary prose to sophisticated political arguments. . . . A brutally honest, politically sensitive, and bold addition to literature on global women's health."
"Review" by , "A courageous . . . indispensable testament."
"Review" by , "Born in the Big Rains begins like a beautifully written work of fiction . . . but the writing's rich details and driving action belie that this is no tall tale . . . [Korn's] testament on FGM [is] brave and full of strength."
"Synopsis" by ,

“A moving, unsentimental, and informative account of the painful personal experience that inspired, and continues to fuel, [Fadumo Korn’s] work.”—Francine Prose, People magazine, starred critic’s choice

“This impassioned, beautifully written memoir is a testament to the possibility of wedding literary prose to sophisticated political arguments. . . . A brutally honest, politically sensitive, and bold addition to literature on global women’s health.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A courageous . . . indispensable testament.”—Elfriede Jelinek, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Literature

Selected as a Kirkus Reviews top pick for book clubs, Fadumo Korn’s story describes her brutal circumcision at age seven and her agonizing path to physical and psychological recovery.

Born a nomad, freely roaming the Somalian steppes, Korn nearly dies from the effects of female genital mutilation (FGM). As her health deteriorates, Korn is sent to Mogadishu for treatment and, despite the looming civil war, finds herself living amid luxury in the household of her uncle, a relative of the Somali president. Escaping the political upheaval, she travels to Europe for advanced medical care and eventually becomes an anti-FGM activist.

Fadumo Korn is the vice president of FORWARD-Germany, an organization dedicated to promoting action to stop FGM. She lives with her husband and son in Munich.

Writer and radio journalist Sabine Eichhorst is the author of Courage to Defend Yourself: Strategies against Sexual Violence and A Long Way Home: A Prisoner of Uzbekistan.

Dr. Tobe Levin is collegiate professor at the University of Maryland in Europe and co-founder of FORWARD-Germany.

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