North of Dawn

North of Dawn

A couple's tranquil life abroad is irrevocably transformed by the arrival of their son's widow and children, in the latest from Somalia's most celebrated novelist.

For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they've led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. Their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, however, is driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia, where he kills himself in a suicide attack. The couple reluctantly offers a haven to his family. But on arrival in Oslo, their daughter-in-law cloaks herself even more deeply in religion, while her children hunger for the freedoms of their new homeland, a rift that will have lifealtering consequences for the entire family.

Set against the backdrop of real events, North of Dawn is a provocative, devastating story of love, loyalty, and national identity that asks whether it is ever possible to escape a legacy of violence—and if so, at what cost.

Title:North of Dawn
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    North of Dawn Reviews

  • Ian

    This is the first book I’ve read by this author, although I understand it’s his twelfth published novel. I was attracted by the premise. Mugdi and Gacalo are an older couple of Somali origin, livi...

  • Ron Charles

    When Nuruddin Farah writes fiction about the ravages of terrorism, the details may be imaginary but the scars are real. The celebrated Somali novelist, a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in lite...

  • Sanura

    This is the story of an older Somali-Norwegian couple who take in their deceased son's wife and stepchildren, and this story follows these characters as they acclimate to Norway and their new family. ...

  • Maria

    *4.5!Where do I even begin with this book? It was a slow burn kind of family drama novel that just keeps you rooting for most of the characters. I am in awe of this, and how heartfelt this novel was w...

  • Cherise Wolas

    This is the first novel I've read by Nuruddin Farah, a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. A writer from Somalia who now lives in Cape Town, South Africa, his own sister was killed i...

  • Paltia

    This novel is overly ambitious. If Mr. Farah had limited himself to the core ideas it would have been less jumbled up at the end. The story begins with parents living in Norway learning their son, who...

  • Azita Rassi

    The beginning of the book was very promising, but it didn’t deliver. I don’t know whether this book is a translation or is originally written in English, but the prose was very artificial, especia...

  • Shula Ornstein

    2.5 more so, but only because I enjoyed the first half. This book’s premise was really interesting and I think had a lot of potential to be good, but has basically no character development, a timeli...

  • Stephanie

    A very interesting premise, but the flat, stilted dialog and writing ruined this book for me. I can't tell if it's just a really bad translation, which could be the case, as there are constant weird, ...

  • Booknblues

    What happens to the citizens of a country when the country collapses and is considered a failed state? There are only so many answers, but they all center around survival and belief. Nuruddin Farah, a...