‘Adua’: A New Novel Reflects on the Colonial Legacy of Italy and Somalia

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‘Adua’: A New Novel Reflects on the Colonial Legacy of Italy and Somalia

February 06, 2018| Arlaadi Online

Novelist and journalist Igiaba Scego is a second generation Italian born to Somali immigrants. Her new novel, “Adua,” puts into stark focus Somalia’s relationship with Italy, in a narrative that spans three distinct time periods, from the 1930s to the present day.

Igiaba Scego


in Rome, Italy 

March 20, 1974

Igiaba Scego is an Italian writer, journalist, and activist of Somali origin. She graduated with her BA in Foreign Literature at the First University of Rome (La Sapienza) as well as in pedagogy at the Third University of Rome. Presently, she is writing and researching cultural dialogue and migration.

She writes for various magazines that deal with migrant literature, in particular Carta, El-Ghibli and Migra. Her work, not devoid of autobiographical references, are characterized by the delicate balance between her two cultural realities, the Italian and Somalian.

In 2003, she won the Eks & Tra prize for migrant writers with her story “Salsicce”, and published her debut novel, La nomade che amava Alfred Hitchcock. In 2006 she attended the Literature festival in Mantua.

Scego collaborates with newspapers such as La Repubblica and Il manifesto and also writes for the magazine Nigrizia with a column of news and reflection, “The colors of Eve”. In 2007 along with Ingy Mubiayi, she edited the short story collection ‘Quando nasci è una roulette. Giovani figli di migranti si raccontano.’ It follows the story of seven boys and girls of African origin, who were born in Rome of foreign parents or came to Italy when young: the story of their schooling, their relationship with family and with peers, religion, racism in Italy, and their dreams.

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A Review of Adua by Igiaba Scego

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