The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia (Paperback)
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The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia (Paperback)

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Published: 26/04/2018
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The Mayor of Mogadishu tells the story of one family's epic journey through Somalia's turmoil, from the optimism of independence to its spectacular unravelling.Mohamud 'Tarzan' Nur was born a nomad, and became an orphan, then a street brawler in the cosmopolitan port city of Mogadishu - a place famous for its cafes and open-air cinemas. When Somalia collapsed into civil war, Tarzan and his young family joined the exodus from Mogadishu, eventually spending twenty years in North London. But in 2010 Tarzan returned to the unrecognisable ruins of a city largely controlled by the Islamist militants of Al-Shabaab. For some, the new Mayor was a galvanising symbol of defiance. But others branded him a thug, mired in the corruption and clan rivalries that continue to threaten Somalia's revival.The Mayor of Mogadishu is an uplifting story of survival, and a compelling examination of what it means to lose a country and then to reclaim it.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849049511
Number of pages: 296
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Andrew Harding, one of the BBC's most intrepid and empathetic journalists ... has chronicled the extraordinarily uplifting life of one Somali, Mohamud Nur, nicknamed Tarzan ... Mr Harding poignantly describes the churning of emotions that many migrants (not just Somalis) experience as they are tossed and tugged between competing cultures.' - The Economist

'Harding is a writer of enviable powers and he brings a lot of empathy to his work. His book is one of the best in recent years to decipher Somalia, a nation that has grabbed much attention but remains opaque. He deftly takes apart clan dynamics and had wonderful access, having won Tarzan’s confidence early in his mayoralty.' - The New York Review of Books

'Andrew Harding, who has repeatedly visited Mogadishu as a BBC journalist since 2000, is fascinated by the city and how to make sense of it. In his new book, Mogadishu becomes legible through the biography of one man, Mohamed Nur, known as "Tarzan".' - Times Literary Supplement

'A dramatic story, which, whilst examining the violence, chaos and corruption of Somalia, manages to be uplifting and redemptive. Written in brilliantly stylish prose, the author structures his narrative in a way that makes this book both informative and highly readable.' - Irish Examiner

'A fluid, sympathetic journalistic foray into the tumultuous history of Somalia as lived by an intriguing impresario and activist. [...] With elegant descriptions, Harding brings this East African coastal country to vivid life.' - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

'The Mayor of Mogadishu tells the story of Somalia with a personal and very human touch without losing sight of complex national political dimensions. [...] Harding peoples the city and brings it alive as a place where lives are lived, ambitions followed, family dramas played out and stories told.' - Mail & Guardian Africa

'The Mayor of Mogadishu is much more than the story of one ambitious Somali politician. It is the modern history of one of the world's most troubled countries, told with sensitivity, wisdom and compassion - and a rollicking good read besides.' - The National

'Africa can be explained in dry prose, in figures, in newspaper reports or it can be explained, as Andrew Harding does in this book, through an astonishing personal story, vivid and utterly memorable. This is a triumph of a book: surprising, informative, and humane.' - Alexander McCall Smith

'A wonderful account of one of the most troubled yet beautiful countries on Earth, told by one of our most gifted and sensitive journalists. This is a book laced with hope amid the dark layers of hatred through which the Mayor of Mogadishu battles.' - Jon Snow, broadcast journalist, Channel 4 News

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