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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Nuruddin Farah on civil-war, writing, grief, war, Americans, labels, mistaken, attribution and generalization.

9 Inspiring Quotes By Nuruddin Farah That You Need To Know

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Famous As: Novelist

Born On: November 24, 1945

Born In: Baidoa

Nuruddin Farah is an acclaimed Somali novelist. After being compelled to move out of Somalia he pursued his graduation in philosophy from a renowned university in India. He came up with his first short story in his mother tongue which was well-received. He then wrote in English and published his first novel titled ‘From a Crooked Rib’. In his next novel ‘A Naked Needle’, he described the interracial mindset and the post-revolutionary life in Somalia. This book raised a huge controversy and the Somali government planned to imprison him. This forced him to go on a self-imposed exile for 22 years. During this period he traveled extensively around Europe and Africa and also served as a guest lecturer in various countries including US and India. All through his career he has written many books, and has been honored with some of the most renowned awards. He has expressed his thoughts and feelings on feminism, nationalism, gender equality and racism through his books and writings. Take a look at the quotes by Nuruddin Farah through which he tends to talk about his home-country Somalia, war, peace and colonialism.
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I have tried my best to keep my country alive by writing about it.

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She wondered then if she had ever been on the right track. She had been reticent all her life, because it turned out that her opinions were different from what others expected. 'That proves either that I am an exceptional idiot, or the reverse.

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To the Somali, the Amerikaan is weird, to the American GI, the Somali is an ingrate and a skinny.

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Death in Somalia seldom bothers to announce its arrival. In fact, death calls with the arrogance of a guest confident on receiving a warm welcome at any time, no question asked.

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And when there is the possibility of peace, a new fight erupts, based on an old complaint, and which some people call justice adn others madness.

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Good writing is like a bomb: it explodes in the face of the reader.

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Maybe it is in the nature of those who are denied sex or do not have enough of it to be so preoccupied with the subject that they view everything else through its distorted lens. “What

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... "Don't Somalis take the part and mistake it for the whole too?" Jeebleh knew e was in a distancing mode, apart from 'them'. ...

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That in a civil war there is continuous fighting, based on grievences that are forever changing.

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