Fairytales for lost children by Diriye Osman

IMG_1008Set in Mogadishu, Somalia. Reviewed on 2018/04: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiKqRSSlsTu/

And my last mini review of the month taking place also in #somaliaFirst let me allow the book to speak for itself: “Do I think I’m free? Well, let a sister break it down for ya. I often dream of home. It is a place that exists only in my imagination… But none of these places or people truly embody home for me. Home is in my hair, my lips, my arms, my thighs, my feet and hands. I am my own home. And when I wake up crying in the morning, thinking of how lonely I am, I pinch my skin, tug at my hair, remind myself that I am alive. Remind myself to step outside and greet the morning. Remind myself that it’s all about forward motion. It’s all about change. It’s all about that elusive state. Freedom.” Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys: If this is not #genius writing, then I don’t know what it is. #fairytalesforlostchildren is first and foremost the plight of #lgbtsomalis trying to cope with the brutal repression in their homeland. But it’s also about being less than a #refugee less than a human being abroad and within ourselves. #diriyeosmanis also gifting us with a #resistancemanifesto. Resisting with your body, with your mannerism, with the way you walk, with the tone of your voice. It’s a massive #middlefinger to both the assimilating forces of the lgbt communities in the West and the repressive tradition in Somalia. These stories are also a celebration of #sexthe powerful and revelatory force of living and savoring #sexuality to its full extent. Sex as both a revolt and a deliciously erotic act. I was simply blown away by the writing and I can’t recommend this book enough. #highlyrecommend #mogadishu #kenya#london #somaliliterature #osman#teamangelica #freedom #home#debauchery

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