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Igiaba Scego

Igiaba Scego, born in Rome in 1974 to a family of Somali origins, is a writer and journalist. She holds a PhD in education (on postcolonial subjects) and has done extensive academic work in Italy and around the world. Among her books are a YA novel, La nomade che amava Alfred Hitchcock (Sinnos), and the novels Rhoda (Sinnos) and Oltre Babilonia (Donzelli). Her memoir La mia casa è dove sono (Rizzoli) won Italy’s Mondello Prize in 2011. She has also written the nonfiction title Al Roma Negata. Percorsi postcoloniali nella città (Ediesse) in collaboration with the photographer Rino Bianchi, a book that treats a broad range of subjects in the history of Italian colonialism. She is a contributor to the magazine Internazionale and the supplement to La Repubblica, Il Venerdì di Repubblica. Her latest novel, Adua (Giunti), a portrait of a woman seeking herself in a long journey from Somalia to Italy, was published in English by New Vessel Press.

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