Synopses & Reviews
A gripping new novel from today's "most important African novelist" (The New York Times Book Review)
A dozen years after his last visit, Jeebleh returns to his beloved Mogadiscio to see old friends. He is accompanied by his son-in-law, Malik, a journalist intent on covering the region's ongoing turmoil. What greets them at first is not the chaos Jeebleh remembers, however, but an eerie calm enforced by ubiquitous white-robed figures bearing whips.
Meanwhile, Malik's brother, Ahl, has arrived in Puntland, the region notorious as a pirates' base. Ahl is searching for his stepson, Taxliil, who has vanished from Minneapolis, apparently recruited by an imam allied to Somalia's rising religious insurgency. The brothers' efforts draw them closer to Taxliil and deeper into the fabric of the country, even as Somalis brace themselves for an Ethiopian invasion. Jeebleh leaves Mogadiscio only a few hours before the borders are breached and raids descend from land and sea. As the uneasy quiet shatters and the city turns into a battle zone, the brothers experience firsthand the derailments of war.
Completing the trilogy that began with Links and Knots, Crossbones is a fascinating look at individuals caught in the maw of zealotry, profiteering, and political conflict, by one of our most highly acclaimed international writers.
"Nuruddin Farah, the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years."andnbsp;andmdash;The New York Review of Books
"Itandrsquo;s easy to see why Nuruddin Farahandrsquo;s name keeps coming up as a likely recipient of a Nobel Prize in Literature."andnbsp;andmdash;Newsweek
"Often reads like a taut, tense thriller . . . a thought-provoking read as well as an absorbing look into a culture and a people in extreme circumstances."
"This timely book . . . is politically courageous and often gripping . . . Crossbones provides a sophisticated introduction to present-day Somalia, and to the circle of poverty and violence that continues to blight the country."
"Harrowing without resorting to sensationalism, this highly topical final volume in Farahs's Past Imperfect trilogy should burnish his well- deserved reputation. It is dense, complex stuff, but his brave and imperfect characters are a pleasure to follow. [A] gripping but utterly humane thriller set in one of the least understood regions on earth."
"Farah writes enthrallingly about his native Somalia. . . . Expect sharp insight into both human nature and secretarian strife, told in illuminating language free of cant."
"[Farah] writes beautifully and prolifically about his native Somalia."
Jeebleh is returning to Mogadiscio from New York for the first time in twenty years. It is not a nostalgia trip for him--Jeebleh's last residence here was a jail cell. And who could feel nostalgic for a city like this? The U.S. troops have recently come and gone, and the decimated city is ruled by clan warlords and patrolled by qaat-chewing gangs who shoot civilians to relieve their adolescent boredom. Jeebleh is returning to visit his mother's grave and to settle her outstanding accounts--but more urgently, the youngest member of his oldest friend's family has been abducted. Though they have not seen each other in two decades, Jeebleh knows from their childhood that his friend--a virtual brother, who remained in Somalia when Jeebleh left--will need Jeebleh to step in. Jeebleh is determined to cut through the swirling violence and corruption to rescue the little girl--and, perhaps, a piece of his own identity. Gripping, provocative, and revelatory, Links is the finest work yet from Farah, a novel that will secure his place in the international literary firmament and stand as a classic of modern world literature.
Jeebleh is returning to Mogadishu from New York for the first time in 20 years. It is not a nostalgia trip for him--Jeebleh's last residence here was a jail cell. Gripping, provocative, and revelatory, "Links" is the finest work yet from Farah.
Gripping, provocative, and revelatory, Links is a novel that will stand as a classic of modern world literature. Jeebleh is returning to Mogadiscio, Somalia, for the first time in twenty years. But this is not a nostalgia tripandmdash;his last residence there was a jail cell. And who could feel nostalgic for a city like this? U.S. troops have come and gone, and the decimated city is ruled by clan warlords and patrolled by qaat-chewing gangs who shoot civilians to relieve their adolescent boredom. Diverted in his pilgrimage to visit his motherandrsquo;s grave, Jeebleh is asked to investigate the abduction of the young daughter of one of his closest friendandrsquo;s family. But he learns quickly that any act in this city, particularly an act of justice, is much more complicated than he might have imagined.
About the Author
Nuruddin Farah is the author of eleven novels, most recently Links and Knots, in the trilogy completed by Crossbones. His novels have been translated into seventeen languages and he has won numerous awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, "widely regarded as the most prestigious international literary award after the Nobel" (The New York Times). His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, and Granta, both of which excerpted Crossbones. Born in Baidoa, Somalia, Farah divides his time between Cape Town, South Africa, and Minneapolis, where he holds a chair at the University of Minnesota.