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(The second book in the Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship series)
A novel by

Winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Farah's landmark Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy is comprised by the novels Sweet and Sour Milk, Sardines, and Close Sesame. In this volume, the second of the three, a woman loses her job as editor of the national newspaper and then finds her efforts to instill her daughter with a sense of dignity and independence threatened by an oppressive government and the traditions of conservative Islam.

Sardines brilliantly combines a social commentary on life under a dictatorship with a compassionate exploration of African feminist issues.


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Hardback Editions

June 1983 : USA Hardback

Title: Sardines
Author(s): Nuruddin Farah
ISBN: 0-8052-8126-6 / 978-0-8052-8126-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Schocken Books
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January 1981 : UK Hardback

Title: Sardines
Author(s): Nuruddin Farah
ISBN: 0-85031-408-9 / 978-0-85031-408-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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Paperback Editions

November 2003 : USA Paperback

Title: Sardines: A Novel (Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship)
Author(s): Nuruddin Farah
ISBN: 1-55597-161-X / 978-1-55597-161-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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November 1982 : UK Paperback

Title: Sardines (African Writers Series)
Author(s): Nuruddin Farah
ISBN: 0-435-90252-0 / 978-0-435-90252-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann International Literature & Textbooks
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