Synopses & Reviews
Farah's landmarkVariations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship
trilogy is comprised by the novels Sweet and Sour Milk
, and Close Sesame.
In this volume, the third and final book in the series, the characters are deeply entwined in the waking nightmare of a police state. An old man finds himself poised in mortal combat with an elusive and cunning enemy in an atmosphere where the distinction between public and private justice is always obscured.
Close Sesame is a novel that offers "an eloquent indictment of the tyrannies committed both under Islamic law and in the name of Socialism" (The Observer).
"A chilling exploration of corruption and terror . . . Mr. Farah has given us a powerful political statement that moves constantly toward song." --The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
was born in 1945 in Baidoa, in what is now the Republic of Somalia. His Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship
trilogy consists of the novels Sweet and Sour Milk
, and Close Sesame
. His other books include From a Crooked Rib
, A Naked Needle
, and Maps
. In 1991, he received the Swedish Tucholsky Literary Award, given to literary exiles, and he was the recipient of the German DAAD fellowship in 1990.