Little Mother: A Novel by Cristina Ali FarahLittle Mother: A Novel by Cristina Ali Farah

Little Mother: A Novel

byCristina Ali FarahIntroduction byGiovanna Bellesia-contuzziTranslated byGiovanna Bellesia-contuzzi

Paperback | May 20, 2011

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When civil war erupts in Somalia, cousins Domenica Axad and Barni are separated and forced to flee the country. Barni manages to eke out a living in Rome, where she works as an obstetrician. Domenica wanders Europe in a painful attempt to reunite her broken family and come to terms with her past. After ten years, the two women reunite. When Domenica gives birth to a son, Barni, also known as Little Mother, is at her side. Together with the new baby, Domenica and Barni find their Somali roots and start to heal the pain they have suffered in war and exile. This powerful yet tender novel underscores the strength of women, family, and community, and draws on the tenacious yearning for a homeland that has been denied.

Cristina Ali Farah was born in Verona, Italy, and grew up in Mogadishu. She has published several books of poetry and is active in promoting African literature in Italy.Giovanna Bellesia-Contuzzi is Professor of Italian Language and Literature at Smith College.Victoria Offredi Poletto is Senior Lecturer in Italian Emerita at Smith Coll...
Title:Little Mother: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 20, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253222966

ISBN - 13:9780253222961


Table of Contents

Translators' Preface
1. Prelude - Domenica
2. Barni
3. Taageere
4. Axad
5. Interlude - Taageere
6. Barni
7. Taageere
8. Domenica
9. Epilogue - Barni

Editorial Reviews

A kind of album of conversations, face-to-face or on the telephone, of encounters, of exchanges of ideas or feelings, from the most banal to the most profound, all of which serve to delineate the body and soul of the Somali community, which has been traumatized by the dispersal of its people and the tragedies of the civil war at home.