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The International Novel$
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Annabel Patterson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198003

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198003.001.0001

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Nuruddin Farah, Maps

Nuruddin Farah, Maps

(p.131) Nuruddin Farah, Maps
The International Novel

Annabel Patterson

Yale University Press

This chapter offers a reading of Nuruddin Farah's 1986 novel Maps, which tells the story of an orphan born in the disputed African region of Ogaden. Ogaden is the subject of a territorial conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia, and its condition is a crucial issue in Somali nationalism. According to Farah himself, “nationality” is felt and perceived in Somalia by language rather than by ethnicity. The chapter also looks at Askar's education in cartography and cartology and concludes by discussing how Maps carries on the debate about nationalism and internationalism using subtle language.

Keywords:   territorial conflict, Ethiopia, Somalia, nationalism, nationality, cartography, internationalism, novel, Maps, Ogaden

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