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Silence is My Mother Tongue

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Auteur: Addonia Sulaiman Categorie: Tags: , ,


In a time of war, what is the shape of love?

Saba arrives in an East African refugee camp as a young girl, devastated to have been wrenched from school and forced to abandon her books as her family flees to safety. In this unfamiliar, crowded and often hostile community, she must carve out a new existence. As she struggles to maintain her sense of self, she remains fiercely protective of her mute brother, Hagos – each sibling resisting the roles gender and society assign. Through a cast of complex, beautifully drawn characters, Sulaiman Addonia questions what it means to be a man, to be a woman, to be an individual when circumstance has forced the loss of all that makes a home or a future.

The night Saba’s trial was announced by the camp’s court clerk, I was sitting on a stool in front of my cinema screen. Cinema Silenzioso. Dusk fell over the thatched roofs. A full moon appeared over the camp I viewed through my screen… I saw the clerk riding his donkey in the dusty narrow streets. His silhouette skittered among the huts. You are requested to attend the trial of Saba, he declared through his megaphone.

“The exchange of masculine and feminine roles within the context of a sexually conservative culture makes for a gripping and courageous narrative… A feminist book, then, and, exhileratingly, so much more.” Guardian

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