Somaliland: Norway, Somalia, and the Specters of Terror

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North of Dawn. By Nuruddin Farah. Riverhead Books; 384 pages;

Somalilandsun- TWO NEW STORIES about terrorism — 22 July, a film by British director Paul Greengrass, and the novel North of Dawn by Somali author Nuruddin Farah — enter our imaginations by way of Norway, known more for its majestic fjords and white nights than for its fraught politics. The Greengrass feature looks at the 2011 massacre that stunned the world, in which far-right Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people, including 69 children attending a summer camp. Farah’s novel also engages the Breivik massacre but through the eyes of Somali migrants in Oslo.

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