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A NOVEL EXPLORES TERRORISM THROUGH THE LENS OF A SOMALI-NORWEGIAN FAMILY.

“North of Dawn”

By Nuruddin Farah

373 pages. Riverhead Books. $27.

The comedian Hasan Minhaj has spoken about “the audacity of equality” — the belief many immigrants foster of belonging to their adopted country, and how rudely, and often, they are reprimanded for their aspirations. Mugdi and Gacalo, the Somali couple at the heart of Nuruddin Farah’s new novel, “North of Dawn,” have settled into middle age and middle-class Norway with just such audacity. In their roomy house, Mugdi

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