Nuruddin Farah: Sardines (1344 words)


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Nuruddin Farah’s Sardines is the second novel of the Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship Trilogy, begun with Sweet and Sour Milk (1979), and concluded with Close Sesame (1983). It is also the novel that establishes the pattern in the two subsequent trilogies (Blood in the Sun and Past Imperfect) of a central foregrounding of female consciousness, flanked by novels focused on male subjectivities. In addition, it establishes the pattern in each of Farah’s three completed trilogies of an extended exploration of a predominant theme, with recurring characters and networks of ideas extending across the entire trilogy.


Sardines is largely f…

Citation: Moolla, F. Fiona. "Sardines". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 March 2020 [, accessed 29 November 2020.]

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