|Links (2003) [Novel]|
by Nuruddin Farah
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(From the publisher):
Jeebleh is returning from New York to his native Mogadiscio, Somalia, for the first time in twenty years, over the strong objections of his American wife and daughters. He finds a decimated, divided city. The U.S. troops have recently come and gone, and Mogadiscio is ruled by ruthless warlords and their clan-based, qaat
-chewing, gun-crazy militias.
Jeebleh is returning to his mother's grave, "to pacify her troubled spirit"—but more urgent, the youngest member of his oldest friend's family has been abducted. The missing girl is known throughout Mogadiscio as a "miracle child" who has brought a unique peace to her section of the civil war-torn city. Jeebleh is determined to cut through the city's layers of corruption and chaos and to rescue the girl and, perhaps, a piece of his own identity. But he quickly learns that any act in this city, particularly an act of justice, is more complicated than he is prepared for.
Original title: Links
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest