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Paperback: 185 pages
Publisher: New Vessel Press
ISBN-13: 9781939931450
Price: $$24.50

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Adua

Adua, an immigrant from Somalia to Italy, has lived in Rome for nearly forty years. She came seeking freedom from a strict father and an oppressive regime, but her dreams of becoming a film star ended in shame. Now that the civil war in Somalia is over, her homeland beckons. Yet Adua has a husband who needs her, a young man, also an immigrant, who braved a dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. When her father, who worked as an interpreter for Mussolini's fascist regime, dies, Adua inherits the family home. She must decide whether to make the journey back to reclaim her material inheritance, but also how to take charge of her own story and build a future.

Praise for Adua:

"Lovely prose and memorable characters make this novel a thought-provoking and moving consideration of the wreckage of European oppression." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Lucid and forthright … examines the linked consequences of Italian colonization, instability in 1970s Somalia, and the current refugee crisis in Europe … an illuminating work appropriate for a wide range of readers." —Library Journal (Starred Review)

Author Bio

Igiaba Scego is an Italian novelist and journalist. She was born in Rome in 1974 to Somali parents who took refuge in Italy following a coup d'etat in their native country, where her father served as foreign minister.

Jamie Richards is a translator based in Milan. She holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon. Her translations include Igort's Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks, Giovanni Orelli's Walaschek's Dream, and Jellyfish by Giancarlo Pastore.