Cosmopolitan Somalia: Place and Identity in Farah’s Maps and Links

  • Dustin Crowley
Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)


When Nuruddin Farah wrote “The Family House” for the 2008 edition of Transition, he had in mind a Somalia very different from that of his early fiction, the Somalia of SiyadBarre and errant patriarchal nationalism. In that early fiction, Farah challenged notions of both “Somali” and “Somalia,” along with the myths of linguistic, cultural, ethnic, and even biological unity purported by the Barre regime as the basis for the “natural” identity of Somali(a). According to many critics, then, a novel like Maps (1986) is a thoroughly deconstructive project, undercutting any stable subjectivities and the very notion of Somalia itself.


Collective Identity Place Sense Divided City Clan Family Somali People 
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