I first heard of Abdi Latif Ega's debut novel Guban last November, when, towards the conclusion of an event where I was the discussant of scholar Mahmood Mamdani's new book Define and Rule, Mamdani asked me out of the blue: "Have you read Gubaan?" Unsure of what he was saying, I replied, What? "Gubaan," he said, with a stress on the consonant "b" followed by a long "a" vowel. Sensing my perplexity, he wrote it down on a piece of paper: Guban (...)
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Published on Warscapes, July 29, 2013.