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Crossbones

Crossbones, Nuruddin Farah’s somewhat male-centered novel delves into modern history of Somalia as the author portrays his blasted home country. In the wake of Mohamed Siad Barre’s dictatorship and the subsequent civil war, the Union of Islamic Courts has taken … Continue reading

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Tomorrow

We’ll continue our discussion of Farah’s Crossbones in its entirety tomorrow.  In preparing for that, I might be taking a look at these two (short and pithy and light) essays by novelists Aminatta Forna and Ben Okri, containing insights about … Continue reading

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Metaphors and References in Crossbones

I’ve been considering the function of metaphors—here, the linking of characters and events to films and other media—in Crossbones. There are moments in the novel where characters imagine themselves or their situation, and the scene is connected to western films, … Continue reading

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Narrative Strategy in Crossbones

There is something frentic about the construction of the prose in Crossbones. Its cinematic focus can shift from sentence to sentence within a paragraph. I’m struck by the interchangeability of (though with complicating nuances) characters’ situations, and the break-neck speed … Continue reading

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Mbembe’s “management of the multitudes” and Farah’s Crossbones

In “Necropolitics” Achille Mbembe discusses what he refers to as the concept of “management of the multitudes” (34) within contemporary warfare. For Mbembe, the management of the multitudes within areas ravaged by resource extraction is analogous with “brutal attempts to … Continue reading

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Crossbones addendum

One advantage to ordering a hard copy of Farah’s novel is that you’ll have the opportunity to get him to sign it when he comes for Open Book. 🙂

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Crossbones order

I’ll be placing an Amazon order for Crossbones by noon today.  If you want me to order you a copy, which should be here by Tuesday, email me before then.  So far I’m only ordering for myself and one other … Continue reading

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