Aman

Aman

The Story of A Somali Girl

Book - 1994
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This is the extraordinary first-person account of a young woman's coming of age in Somalia and her struggles against the obligations and strictures of family and society.nbsp;nbsp;By the time she is nine, Aman has undergone a ritual circumcision ceremony; at eleven, her innocent romance with a white boy leads to a murder; at thirteen she is given away in an arranged marriage to a stranger.nbsp;nbsp;Aman eventually runs away to Mogadishu, where her beauty and rebellious spirit leads her to the decadent demimonde of white colonialists.nbsp;nbsp;Hers is a world in which women are both chattel and freewheeling entrepreneurs, subject to the caprices of male relatives, yet keenly aware of the loopholes that lead to freedom.nbsp;nbsp; Aman is an astonishing history, opening a window onto traditional Somali life and the universal quest for female self-awareness.nbsp;nbsp;
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf, 1994.
ISBN: 9780394280790
0394280792
9780394280370
0394280377
Characteristics: xiii, 349 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Boddy, Janice 1951-
Barnes, Virginia Lee

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