Beyond Babylon (Hardcover)

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By Igiaba Scego, Aaron Robertson (Translator), Jhumpa Lahiri (Introduction by)
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"The writing and language of BEYOND BABYLON was so remarkable and unique I felt like I was reading a novel for the first time. But in addition to the beautiful prose this is a novel that is deeply empathetic toward complicated mother/daughter relationships and toward those who feel like outsiders in their communities and in their own skin."

— From Amanda


Introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri

Recipient of a prestigious 2018 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant

An epic spread across three nations, Beyond Babylon casts a probing, endlessly perceptive eye on the lasting effects of traumas both national and personal. Telling the engrossing lives of two half-sisters who meet coincidentally in Tunisia, their mothers, and the elusive father who ties all their stories together, Igiaba Scego's virtuosic novel spreads thickly over Argentina's horrific dirty war, the chaotic final years of Siad Barre's brutal dictatorship in Somalia--which ended in catastrophic civil war--and the modern-day excesses of Italy's right-wing politics.

United by the Italian government's attempts to establish authoritarian politics in Somalia, Argentina, and at home, Scego's kaleidoscopic plot investigates deep questions about our complicity in the governments that we often feel powerless to affect. In its myriad characters, locations, and languages, it brings new definition to identity in a fast-changing world of migrants and political upheaval. Most of all, Scego's five poignant lives anchor this sprawling work as they fight to build family ties while overcoming past violations, including governmental torture and sexual assault. A masterwork equally as adept with the lives of nations as those of human beings, Beyond Babylon brings much-needed insight, compassion, and understanding to our turbulent world.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781931883832
ISBN-10: 1931883831
Publisher: Two Lines Press
Publication Date: May 14th, 2019
Pages: 464
Language: English