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:

Zimbabwe/Tunisia:   Can Warriors Upset the Carthage Eagles? (news)
allAfrica.com
22 January 2017

Tunisia need just a point from their final Group B clash with Zimbabwe in Libreville on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2017 African Nations Cup finals and at the same time knock out ... [read more]

Ghana/Mali:   Black Stars Head for Afcon Quarterfinals (news)
allAfrica.com
22 January 2017

Avram Grant cut a relieved figure as his Ghana side booked a quarterfinal appearance at the 2017 African Nations Cup finals with a game to spare in Group D after a 1-0 victory over Mali in Port Gentil ... [read more]

Africa:   Gambia - A Lesson for African Dictators (news)
Al Jazeera
22 January 2017

Soon after the peaceful transition of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump in the US, Gambia's crisis was also resolved without a single gunshot. The embattled President Yahya Jammeh appeared on ... [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!