My last trip to Naivasha

Salah Ore Osman

I am called Ore Osman, I am the General Advisor of the Writers Club.

Once upon a time, I tried to go on a trip within the Kenya, especially Naivasha. The vehicle got broken and I had nowhere to go because I knew nothing in that place. I was there over the day. During the night and I had nothing to eat, I decided to go on foot to another place near where the vehicle got broken. As I was going in between I heard sound that came from beside the road. I stopped for a while and listened carefully. When I confirmed that there is real sound, I went to the place of the sound. By the time I reached there I found family leaving that area, then I went to the family and greeted them and they accepted my greeting. They asked me my name and I told them my full name. By the time they heard my full name they took me, a boy who gotten lost from my family during the war in Somalia in 1992 so that boy was away for almost 5 years maybe he has worked and owned a shop there by the time I saw my brother. I became very happy as I was before unhappy and even I had forgotten the broken vehicle finally when I was with my brother for 2 months and I took another vehicle and reached where I was going in Naivasha.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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