Silence is My Mother Tongue, by Sulaiman Addonia

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In prose as precise as it is lyrical, Addonia tells the story of an exiled community that attempts to make a new home in a Sudanese refugee camp. At the foreground of this tale are siblings Saba and Hagos, whose identities seem interchangeable, with the mute Hagos being the “girl their mother had always wanted,” while Saba adopts more traditionally masculine traits. These blurred gender roles collide with social expectatons, but, as the siblings hold tight to each other against a background of oppression, abuse, and poverty, gradually transcend the conditions that threaten to suffocate them.


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ISBN: 9781644450338
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

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