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Translated into English for the first time, this brilliantly shrewd and cynical universal chronicle of war and exile amounts to a lyrical and reflective history of Djibouti and its tortuous politics, crippled economy, and devastated moral landscape.
Translated into English for the first time, this brilliantly shrewd and cynical universal chronicle of war and exile amounts to a lyrical and reflective history of Djibouti and its tortuous politics, crippled economy, and devastated moral landscape.

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Published by: Indiana University Press on Aug 31, 2012
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 A NOVE
TRANSLATED BY DAVID BALL AND NICOLE BALL
 Abdourahman A. Waberi
 
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Preface
ransit 
  fh d lv dy  wh   ppd Fc  2003.    bl—d wdful—hg y.bl, bcu  pcu f  pvhd cuy v-gd by w d p  ll h ly f lf  Djbu,
that lile country squeezed between Somalia, Ethiopia, and
E  h dg f h H f fc.  dugh h dv-d h cu w  h ly cu f h fh chd cphc pp  2011;  ly gg- vd h cd w  hugh h y f h chc
of 
Transit,
even if those characters were created nearly a decade
g. bl, , bcu  pyl f h dp -p   h cuy  ll lv dy—d  ly  Djbu.u h fh d lvc f 
ransit 
 l wdful, Wb’ c lv  u d h wy chc l wk f lu d.  chp 
ransit 
  uc-c f lgu by ch f h chc  h vl:h,  vy yug v f Djbu’ cvl w; Hb, 
Djiboutian intellectual and an opponent of the regime; Harbi’s
 
Preface
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Fch wf, lc, d h , bd-Jul; d bd-Ju-l’ gdfh wlh.  lckg vc, by upc d ccl, ll h  d h y f h cu-
try, giving us Djibouti’s history, politics, and physical, eco-
c, d l ldcp  h w lgug, h w
style. All of them propel the action toward its end—an end
fugh wh plcl g.O chc gv u h  kd f plu w hv dg g gcc wk f lu: h, h p,
adolescent ex-soldier. His monologues are delivered in a slangy,
ccl lgug vy uch h w,  x f ïvé d ly, cycl, bv. H’ h  wh vl h lcd f h cuy d ll h h ppd du-
ing the civil war and aer—child soldiers, arms tracking,
dug (h v-p kh d “pk pll”), d kllg,hug—d xp Fc, h f cll pw,  hypccl b bw h wg cp.  l, w u y h gv u  hd . Hw  u  Eglh Wb’ v f  pcy, lw-cl,“cc” Fch pk by  hwd bu uducd by?Ou d f Wb’ c w xd wh xy. w hg  culd d, w fl, wuld b   h dy v Eglh: h chc wuld ply 
disappear. On the other hand, we didn’t want him to sound like
 f h gh chc  h B 
Te Wire:
h’  fc c kd f h pjc bu  dl-c f Djbu. d hw, h huld ud lk h Eglh.  uh uggd w u  K S-Ww’
Sozaboy,
h -p v f cvl w  fc,d h dd hlp   ub f wy. F,
Sozaboy
gv u dl f “cc” fc Eglh (“ vl  R Eg-lh”   ubl), whch, lk h’ Fch,  pkh h w. (u h, , w hd  b cful; ulk

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