Ahmed Ismail Yusuf: THE LION'S BINDING OATH
Dragonfly Books is pleased to host Somali and Minnesota author Ahmed Ismail Yusuf with his new collection of short stories The Lion’s Binding Oath. Through stories spanning the years before and during Somalia’s civil war, Yusuf introduces readers to the people of Somalia and their struggles. Yusuf will share his stories and talk about The Lion’s Binding Oath on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.
After fleeing Somalia, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf lived in several states but has lived in Minneapolis, MN since 1997. He did not speak English when he arrived, he was a high-school dropout, and he was not sure what his actual age was. Today he has two college degrees and is the author of Somalis in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press 2012) and Gorgorkii Yimi, a collection of stories in Somali, published by Ponte Invisible.
The Lion’s Binding Oath shares the human stories beneath Somalia’s recent history of war and displacement -- families, clans, lovers, neighbors, and friends all bound together through common cultural, religious, and historical ties. Yusuf weaves together Somalia’s political, social, and religious conflicts with portrayals of the country’s love of poetry, music, and soccer. Yusuf’s collection is a powerful examination of love and resilience in a country torn apart by war, and written with deep compassion for the lives of its characters.
Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free author talk. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of Yusuf’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of our staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.
Religious and ethnic conflict may be the Horn of Africa's most enduring recent legacy. But beneath its recent history of war and displacement lies human stories--families, clans, lovers, neighbors, and friends, all bound together through common cultural, religious, and historical ties.
The story of Somalis in Minnesota begins with three words: sahan, war, and martisoor. Driven from their homeland by civil war and famine, one group of Somali sahan, pioneers, discovered well-paying jobs in the city of Marshall, Minnesota.