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By Nuruddin Farah

This primary novel in Nuruddin Farah's Blood within the Sun trilogy tells the tale of Askar, a guy coming of age within the turmoil of contemporary Africa. together with his father a sufferer of the bloody Ethiopian civil conflict and his mom demise the day of his start, Askar is taken in and raised by way of a lady named Misra amid the scandal, gossip, and formality of a small African village. As a teenager, Askar is going to reside in Somalia's capital, the place he strives to discover himself simply as Somalia struggles for nationwide id.

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