Farah, Nuruddin

About Nuruddin Farah

Biography (Encyplopædia Britannica)

Alden, Patricia, and Louis Tremaine. Nuruddin Farah, 1999

Chari, Hema. “Nuruddin Farah (1945- ).”Postcolonial African Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Source Book, Parekh and Jagne (eds.), 1998

Bardolph, Jacqueline. “Nuruddin Farah.” Twentieth-Century Caribbean and Black African Writers, Second Series, Lindfors and Sander (eds.), 1993



Mancusi, Nicholas. “The Human Side of Headlines.” TIME Magazine, vol. 192, no. 24, 2018

Hoffert, Barbara. “North of Dawn.” Library Journal, vol. 143, no. 12, 2018

Finn, Melanie. “Globalization and Grief.” New York Times Book Review, 6 Jan. 2018

Rizzuto, Nicole. “Somali Soundscapes: Signal and Noise in Nuruddin Farah's Crossbones.” Contemporary Literature, vol. 58, no. 3, 2017

Sappenfield, Linda. “Hiding in Plain Sight.” Library Journal, vol. 140, no. 2, 2015

Brown, Matthew. “Knots.” Harvard Review, vol. 34, 2008

Hoffert, Barbara. “Fiction as Hope.” Library Journal, vol. 132, no. 3, 2007

Dixler, Elsa. “From a Crooked Rib.” New York Times Book Review, 26 Nov. 2006

Jones, Malcolm. “A Bleak Book You Can't Put Down.” Newsweek, 18 Apr. 2004

Korenowsky, Christopher. “Links.” Library Journal, vol. 129, no. 6, 2004

Kapteijns, Lidwien. “Yesterday, Tomorrow.” International Journal of African Historical Studies, vol. 33, no. 2, 2000

Dasenbrock, Reed Way. “World Literature in Review: Somalia.” World Literature Today, vol. 68, no. 4, 1994



Mojapelo, Lebohang. “‘The Majority of Writers in Africa, of Us, Confine Ourselves, Rather than Having Great Ambition’.” The Johannesburg Review of Books, 10 Apr. 2020

Moolla, F. Fiona. “Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward: A Conversation with Nuruddin Farah.” Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, vol. 57, no. 1, 2020

Ajibade, Kunle. “Nuruddin Farah in Conversation: Good Fiction Is Never Far from the Truth.” Journal of the African Literature Association, vol. 12, no. 3, 2018

Garuba, Harry. ““Dreaming on Behalf of the Community”: A Conversation with Nuruddin Farah.” Boundary 2, vol. 44, no. 2, 2017

Vickers, Brittany. “Somali Author Nuruddin Farah Speaks Truth to Power [INTERVIEW].” Ebony, 14 Jan. 2015

“Nuruddin Farah: By the Book.” The New York Times, 17 Nov. 2014

Niemi, Minna. “Witnessing Contemporary Somalia from Abroad: An Interview with Nuruddin Farah.” Callaloo, vol. 35, no. 2, 2012

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. “Nuruddin Farah.” BOMB, vol. 87, 2004

Alden, Patricia, and Louis Tremaine. “How Can We Talk of Democracy? An Interview with Nuruddin Farah.” Emerging Perspectives on Nuruddin Farah, Wright (ed.), 2002

Gray, Stephen. “Interview with Nuruddin Farah.” English in Africa, vol. 27, no. 1, 2000



“Theme Issue on Nuruddin Farah.” Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, vol. 57, no. 1, 2020

Shringarpure, Bhakti. “The Metaphysical Detective in Nuruddin Farah's Sweet and Sour Milk and Links.” English in Africa, vol. 46, no. 3, 2019

Shringarpure, Bhakti. “Nuruddin Farah and the Cold War in Somalia.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 50, no. 3, 2019

Fotheringham, Christopher. “History's Flagstones: Nuruddin Farah and Other Literary Responses to Italian Imperialism in East Africa.” Interventions, vol. 21, no. 1, 2019

Fotheringham, Christopher. “Publishing, Politics and Literary Prizes: Nuruddin Farah’s Reception in Italy.” African Studies, vol. 77, no. 4, 2018

Moolla, F. Fiona. “Postnational Paradoxes: Nuruddin Farah’s Recent Novels and Two Life Narratives in Counterpoint.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 49, no. 1, 2018

Moolla, F. Fiona. “Figuring the Dictator in the Horn of Africa: Nuruddin Farah’s Dictatorship Trilogy and Ahmed Omar Askar’s Short Stories.” Fictions of African Dictatorship: Cultural Representations of Postcolonial Power, Baker and Grayson (eds.), 2018

Thiruvarangan, Mahendran. “Imagining against the Nation State: Radical Singularity and Transnationalism in Nuruddin Farah's Maps.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 53, no. 6, 2017

Garuba, Harry. “Teacherly Texts: Imagining Futures in Nuruddin Farah's Past Imperfect Trilogy.” Boundary 2, vol. 44, no. 2, 2017

Pucherova, Dobrota. “Islam, Tradition and Modernity in the Work of Two Somali Writers: Nuruddin Farah and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.” English Studies in Africa, vol. 59, no. 2, 2016

Ndĩgĩrĩgĩ, Gĩnchingiri. “Nuruddin Farah's Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship.” Unmasking the African Dictator: Essays on Postcolonial African Literature, Ndĩgĩrĩgĩ (ed.), 2014

Moolla, F. Fiona. Reading Nuruddin Farah: The Individual, the Novel and the Idea of Home, 2014




North of Dawn (2018)

Hiding in Plain Sight (2015)

Crossbones (2011)

Knots (2006)

Links (2003)

Secrets (1998)

Gifts (1993)

Maps (1986)

Close Sesame (1983)

Sardines (1981)

Sweet and Sour Milk (1979)

A Naked Needle (1976)

From a Crooked Rib (1970)



The Offering (1975)

A Dagger in Vacuum (1970)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“This Is What Hunger Looks Like — Again.” The New York Times, 12 Aug. 2017

“Ibsen, in Other Words.” Nordlit, vol. 34, 2015

“Nelson Mandela.” The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2013

“The Family House.” Transition, vol. 99, 2008

 “Cooking Lessons – Bad Taste.” The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2004

With Dapo Adeniyi: “When is Our Millennium?” Glendora Review, vol. 3, no. 1, 2000

“Citizens of Sorrow.” Transition, vol. 81-82, 2000

Yesterday, Tomorrow: Voices from the Somali Diaspora (1999)

“Celebrating Differences: The 1998 Neustadt Lecture.” World Literature Today, vol. 72, no. 4, 1998

“A Country in Exile.” World Literature Today, vol. 72, no. 4, 1998

“Travails in Mogadishu.” The London Review of Books, vol. 20, no. 17, 1998

“Presentation and Texts – A Country in Exile.” World Literature Today, vol. 72, no. 4, 1998

“The Women of Kismayo.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4885, 1996

“Highway to Hell.” Transition, vol. 70, 1996

“People of a Half-Way House.” The London Review of Books, vol. 18, no. 6, 1996

 “Bastards of Empire: Writing and the Politics of Exile.” Transition, vol. 65, 1995

“Homing in on the Pigeon.” Index on Censorship, vol. 22, no. 5-6, 1993

“Why I Write.” Third World Quarterly, vol. 10, no. 4, 1988

“Good Writing is Like a Bomb.” Index on Censorship, vol. 10, no. 6, 1981

 “Of Silence, of Noise.” African Arts, vol. 6, no. 1, 1972


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does. NPR, 25 Oct. 2014

Nuruddin Farah and Binyavanga Wainaina in Conversation. YouTube, 15 May 2013

Interview with Nuruddin Farah. YouTube, 14 Mar. 2013

Nuruddin Farah Reads from Links and CrossbonesYouTube, 13 Nov. 2012