Igiaba Scego

Simona Wright (College of New Jersey)
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Daughter of a Somali diplomat who fled Somalia after the 1969 coup d’état by Siad Barre, the journalist and novelist Igiaba Scego was born in Rome on March 20, 1974. Winner of the 2003 literary prize Ex&Tra with her short story “Salsicce” [Sausages], Scego made her debut in the literary world with a bilingual children’s book, La nomade che amava Alfred Hitchcock - Ari raacato jecleeyd Alfred Hitchcock [The Nomad Who Loved Alfred Hitchcock, 2003). The autobiographical story was inspired by her mother’s experience of migration to Italy, an event which is at the core of many of Scego’s novels and journalistic pieces. A prolific author and public figure, in 2004 Scego published her first novel, Rhoda, which narrates the tragic migratory trajectory of the eponymous protagonist…

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Citation: Wright, Simona. "Igiaba Scego". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13632, accessed 04 December 2023.]

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