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Silence is My Mother Tongue
Silence is My Mother Tongue

Silence is My Mother Tongue


208 Pages, x

Mobipocket, $7.99 (US $7.99) (CA $10.99)

Publication Date: October 2018

ISBN 9781999683337

Rights: WOR X US & CA

The Indigo Press (Oct 2018)

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTIONIn 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 environment, 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.Addonia has written an insider's view of the textures of life in a refugee camp. Both intimate and epic, this subversive tale of transgression dissects society's ability to wage war on its own women and explores the stories we must tell to survive in a broken, inhospitable environment.

Author Biography

Sulaiman Addonia was born in Eritrea. He spent his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan having survived the Om Hajar massacre in 1976, and in his early teens he lived and studied in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Having arrived in London as an underage unaccompanied child refugee without a word of English, he went on to degrees from SOAS and UCL. Sulaiman Addonia is based in Brussels.