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Cristina Ali Farah
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Cristina Ali Farah was born in Verona, Italy, in 1973 of a Somali father and an Italian mother. She grew up in Mogadishu but fled at the outbreak of the civil war at the age of eighteen. She now lives in Rome, where she teaches Somali language and culture at Roma Tre University. She is a poet, novelist, playwright, and oral performer. Her short stories (Punt Rap, Habryar, Entirely) have won several awards, including the Lingua Madre National Literary Prize. Her fist novel Madre piccola (2007) was awarded the prestigious Vittorini Literary Prize and has been translated into Dutch and English with the title Little Mother (Indiana University Press, 2011). She regularly writes for the political weekly Internazionale and ´The Black Blog´ of Vogue Italia. Her second novel Il comandante del fiume (The River Captain) was published this October.

 
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