Nuruddin Farah

Somali novelist

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Somali novelist, writing in English and Somali. Farah has ofted dealt the history of his country throught the fates of his characters.

The central theme in his work is the women's liberation in postcolonial Somaliland, which he sees as a precondition for political and individual freedom.

The majority of his essays, novels, short stories, plays, and film scripts are written in English, but he has also translated children's stories from Arabic, Italian, French, and English into Somali.

Farah received in 1998 the Neustadt Award.

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