Farah on Farah

Nuruddin Farah

Photo by Erik van Leeuwen.

When I watch Mo Farah breaking records and winning gold, a heated debate takes place in my small brain attic and I cannot decide which of my two competing emotions I must privilege: the emotion of total personal joy, which I share with his family, his close friends, his fans and ‘his’ adopted nation – Britain – and the emotion of unadulterated sorrow, which I feel for his and my country of birth and its people. I wish he were wholly ours; that we, Somalis, had invested in him, invested in his training and had given him all that which have made him a winner.

Nuruddin Farah’s most recent novel,
, and is published by Riverhead in the US and
in the UK.



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