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Viewing Entry - Aman (S13008)
by Barnes, Virginia Lee.

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TitleAman : The Story of a Somali Girl
Author / Responsible partyBarnes, Virginia Lee.
TopicsBiography. Women -- Somalia -- Social conditions. Women -- Somalia -- Biography.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


This is the extraordinary first-person account of a young woman's coming of age in Somalia and her struggles against the obligations and strictures of family and society. By the time she is nine, Aman has undergone a ritual circumcision ceremony; at eleven, her innocent romance with a white boy leads to a murder; at thirteen she is given away in an arranged marriage to a stranger. Aman eventually runs away to Mogadishu, where her beauty and rebellious spirit leads her to the decadent demimonde of white colonialists. Hers is a world in which women are both chattel and freewheeling entrepreneurs, subject to the caprices of male relatives, yet keenly aware of the loopholes that lead to freedom. Aman is an astonishing history, opening a window onto traditional Somali life and the universal quest for female self-awareness.

Additional Information

System control numberS13008
Original Print PublisherGreat Britain: Bloomsbury Publishing, 1995
NarratorNarrated by Pat Stroud and Recorded by Bernice McGuinnes
Narrator NameNarrated by Pat Stroud and Recorded by Bernice McGuinnes
Participant or performer noteNarrated by Pat Stroud and Recorded by Bernice McGuinnes
Narrators GenderFemale narrator