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Nuruddin Farah in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina

On 18 April 2013, the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) and Kwani Trust hosted a Nairobi Forum event at which Somali author Nuruddin Farah spoke with Binyavanga Wainaina, Kwani founder, Caine Prize winner and author of the memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place. Farah is the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. His body of work includes two trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1980) and Blood in the Sun (1986). His most recent novel, Crossbones, was published in 2011. Farah chose to go into exile at the age of 26 when his writings put him at odds with the government of President Maxamed Siad Barre. A meeting report is available here.

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