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Silence is My Mother Tongue

(2018)
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LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2019

In a time of war, what is the shape of love?

Saba arrives in an East African refugee camp as a young girl, devastated to have been wrenched from school and forced to abandon her books as her family flees to safety. In this unfamiliar, crowded and often hostile environment, she must carve out a new existence. As she struggles to maintain her sense of self, she remains fiercely protective of her mute brother, Hagos - each sibling resisting the roles gender and society assign.
Through a cast of complex, beautifully drawn characters, Sulaiman Addonia questions what it means to be a man, to be a woman, to be an individual when circumstance has forced the loss of all that makes a home or a future.

Addonia has written an insider's view of the textures of life in a refugee camp. Both intimate and epic, this subversive tale of transgression dissects society's ability to wage war on its own women and explores the stories we must tell to survive in a broken, inhospitable environment.

'A gripping and courageous narrative. Both Saba and Hagos ultimately gain from the trade-off and find the strength to break out of the suffocating expectations their community has of them. A feminist book, then, and, exhilaratingly, so much more.' Guardian

'Addonia spent several years as a child in a Sudanese refugee camp and you can sense the impact of that period on his richly written second novel, which brims with the sensory flavours of remembered experience.' Daily Mail

'Addonia, who spent his own early life in a Sudanese refugee camp, has a unique & intelligent voice which makes sensual evocative poetry of the deepest, fiercest emotions.' Big Issue

Genre: Literary Fiction

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September 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Silence Is My Mother Tongue: A Novel
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
ISBN: 1-64445-033-X / 978-1-64445-033-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Silence is My Mother Tongue
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
ISBN: 1-9996833-2-3 / 978-1-9996833-2-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Indigo Press
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Silence is My Mother Tongue
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
ISBN: 1-911648-06-3 / 978-1-911648-06-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Indigo Press
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Silence Is My Mother Tongue
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
ISBN: 1-9996833-3-1 / 978-1-9996833-3-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Indigo Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

September 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Silence is My Mother Tongue
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
ISBN: 1-66203-574-8 / 978-1-66203-574-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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September 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Silence Is My Mother Tongue
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
ISBN: 1-66203-333-8 / 978-1-66203-333-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media Llc
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Silence Is My Mother Tongue
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Silence Is My Mother Tongue
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Silence Is My Mother Tongue: A Novel
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


October 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Silence is My Mother Tongue
Author(s): Sulaiman Addonia
Publisher: The Indigo Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU