I went to hear the reading of the famous Nuruddin Farah at the UCBerkley campus, the winner of the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He is the author of eight novels, including, most recently, Knots. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa, but also lived in Addis my home town and a National of Somali. I alos took a couple of friends with me.
He writes his Novels with a women consciousness which was amazing as he responds to the why's from the audience. He recalls and understands the struggles of women in society , his mother, family , all his life as he had witnesses the role of women in society. It was so nice to hear an intelligent man, speech of women's position in this manner. He is very polished in his speeches, and one can see from his imaginations and experiences in his writings reflects a man who speaks over 5 languages and travelled all over the world. He has also a great sense of humor, which we were also get to know him a bit during the reception hosted for the audience afterwards. Congrats Mr. Farah and thank you for recognizing the struggles of women throughout history.