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Don’t miss renowned Somali author Nuruddin Farah in Cape Town for the BBC World Book Club – and send in your questions!

Invitation to the BBC World Book Club


“Misra, where precisely is Somalia?” he asked suddenly.

She was pulling at a chicken’s guts, a chicken she had just beheaded. She stopped and stared at him, not knowing what to say. Her forehead wrinkled with concentration, like somebody who was trying to remember where he was. Then: “Haven’t you seen it on the map?” she said, holding her bloodstained hands away from her dress.

“A map? What map?”

MapsNuruddin Farah will be discussing his novel Maps with the BBC World Book Club in Cape Town.

Maps, which has its 30-year publication anniversary this year, is first novel in Farah’s acclaimed Blood in the Sun trilogy. It tells the story of Askar, a young man coming of age in the turmoil of modern Africa. It was followed by Gifts (1993) and Secrets (1998).

The conversation will take place on Friday, 11 March, at 2 PM, and entrance is free. RSVP to The Fugard (details below) for your spot.

The BBC World Book Club wants you to send in your questions to Farah, from all over the world!

Send in your questions via Facebook, email at, or WhatsApp them to +44 75 25 14 27 34.

Farah was born in Somalia in 1945, but was forced into exile in the 1970s and was not able to return until 1996. He now divides his time between South Africa and New York, and much of his recent fiction is set outside his home country. In an interview with The New Yorker, Farah said this was a “deliberate decision”, “evidence, perhaps, that I do not think Somalia is headed in the right direction, in terms of its current politics”.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, 11 March 2016
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Venue: The Fugard Theatre
    Caledon Street (Off Buitenkant Street)
    District 6
    Cape Town | Map
  • RSVP to attend: The Fugard, 021 461 4554

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