After a long absence, an ageing Jeebleh has returned to visit old friends in his beloved Mogadiscio, accompanied by his son in law, Malik. But instead of the chaos Jeebleh remembers from a decade ago, the two are greeted by an eerie calm, enforced by white-robed figures bearing whips. Then Malik’s brother, Ahl, arrives in Puntland, the region notorious as a pirate’s base, in search of his stepson, whom he fears has been recruited from the States to join Somalia’s insurgency. When the uneasy quiet is shattered at last, the brothers, drawn deep into the fabric of the country, experience first-hand the derailments of war.
Author: Nurrudin Farah