Jeebleh is returning to Mogadishu from New York for the first time
in twenty years. It is not a nostalgia trip for him - Jeeblah's
last residence here was a jail cell. And who could feel nostalgic
for a city like this? The U.S. troops have recently come and gone,
and the decimated city is ruled by clan warlords and patrolled by
qaat-chewing gangs who shoot civilians to relieve their adolescent
boredom. Jeebleh is returning to visit his mother's grave and to
settle her outstanding accounts - but more urgently, the youngest
member of his oldest friend's family has been abducted. Though they
have not seen each other in two decades, Jeebleh knows from their
childhood that his friend - a virtual brother, who remained in
Somalia when Jeebleh left - will need Jeebleh to step in. Jeebleh
is determined to cut through the swirling violence and corruption
to rescue the child - and, perhaps, a piece of his own identity.
Gripping, provocative, and revelatory, Links is the finest work yet
from Farah, a novel that will secure his place in the international
literary firmament and stand as a classic of modern world
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