Guban | A Novel

From Emergent Africa Fri Feb 22 2013, 06:00:00

In Warscapes a review of Guban by Abdi Latif Ega:

The novel is set during this moment of tension and transition in Somalia. Its title Guban is a name given to volcanic mountain range in the northeastern part of Somalia also means "burnt" in English. Abdi Latif Ega creates a narrative where the struggles of a nation dealing with the conflicting forces of tradition and modernity are contextualized by following the lives in one family. The novel is set in motion when Haogsaday, the head of a Somali family, is arrested without evidence and charged with high crimes against the state. The state, having recently undergone a coup d'état by Western educated military General Beheyeah and General Kumanay, is at the stage where visions of modernity struggle against the persistent customs of the past. Haogsaday's family, led by his wife Tusmo, undergo a journey to try and combat the charges against him in order to reunite the family. The resulting quest reveals a state rife with corruption and held hostage by clan politics. In the events that follow, Ega examines the world behind the deceptive facade of a country marching towards modernity. He intertwines the effects of the Cold War, the Socialist revolution, a military junta, with the experiences of a compelling cast of [view whole blog post ]

 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Central African Republic:   Fear and Loathing in Bangui (blog)
Amnesty International
24 October 2014

In Bangui's Nguingo neighbourhood, up the Oubangui river from the city center, people are scared. [read more]

Congo-Kinshasa:   Military Reshuffle Signals a Political Landscape in Motion (analysis)
African Arguments
23 October 2014

In September 2014, the Congolese government carried out a reorganization of its armed forces (FARDC). Congo is a huge country covering many local realities, each of which has its own threats, balance ... [read more]

South Africa:   Star Runner Mulaudzi Dies in Crash (news)
South African Press Association
24 October 2014

Olympic silver medalist long distance runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died in a car accident, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula's office confirmed on Friday. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!