A Man of Good Hope

A Man of Good Hope

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In January 1991, when civil war came to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, two-thirds of the city’s population fled. Among them was eight-year-old Asad Abdullahi. His mother murdered by a militia, his father somewhere in hiding, he was swept alone into the great wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the world.

This extraordinary book tells Asad’s story. Serially betrayed by the people who promised to care for him, Asad lived his childhood at a skeptical remove from the adult world, his relation to others wary and tactical. He lived in a bewildering number of places, from the cosmopolitan streets of inner-city Nairobi to the desert towns deep in the Ethiopian hinterland.

By the time he reached the cusp of adulthood, Asad had honed an array of wily talents. At the age of seventeen, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, he made good as a street hustler, brokering relationships between hard-nosed businessmen and bewildered Somali refugees. He also courted the famously beautiful Foosiya, and, to the astonishment of his peers, seduced and married her.

Buoyed by success in work and in love, Asad put twelve hundred dollars in his pocket and made his way down the length of the African continent to Johannesburg, South Africa, whose streets he believed to be lined with gold. And so began a shocking adventure in a country richer and more violent than he could possibly have imagined.

A Man of Good Hope is the story of a person shorn of the things we have come to believe make us human—personal possessions, parents, siblings. And yet Asad’s is an intensely human life, one suffused with dreams and desires and a need to leave something permanent on this earth.

From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Drawing on interviews with Asad Abdullahi himself and with people in Europe and the U.S. who knew his parents, one of South Africa's most distinguished journalists tells the story of Asad Abdullahi, a Somali man who, after witnessing his mother's murder by Somali militiamen, moved from place to place searching for peace and stability. Includes 6 maps. Simultaneous.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385352734
Branch Call Number: B ABDULLAHI 2015
Characteristics: 308 pages cm


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Homa7 Mar 06, 2015

A man of good hope is a memoir of Asad Abdullahi that in January 1991 at the age of 8 was witnessed of murdering his mother by a militia during the civil war in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia .His father went hiding and he was swept alone into the period of war immigration. This is a story of hope, courage, dreams and desire of free life. Asad takes his readers to the wonders of Somalia, Nairobi, Ethiopia and South Africa and its challenges. He talks about his love, businesses and his dreams of reaching to the freedom.


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