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Free download Ú A Man of Good Hope Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ö In January 1991 when civil war came to Mogadishu the capital of Somalia two thirds of the city’s population fled Among them was eight year old Asad Abdullahi His mother murdered by a militia his father somewhere in hiding he was swept alone into theE hundred dollars in his pocket and made his way down the length of the African continent to Johannesburg South Africa whose streets he believed to be lined with gold And so began a shocking adventure in a country richer and violent than he could possibly have imagined A Man of Good Hope is the story of a person shorn of the things we have come to believe make us human personal possessions parents siblings And yet Asad’s is an intensely human life one suffused with dreams and desires and a need to leave something permanent on this earth From the Hardcover editi. Jonny Steinberg is doing what he does best Describing the South African condition with precise insight and a writer’s flair I can’t remember the uestion I asked him as we sat down to talk but my notes contain his pithy answer “There’s this in between state of knowing and not knowing at the same time and so much of South African life is lived in that state” I was talking to him in the lounge of Rosebank’s Park Hyatt hotel home of deal makers socially networking functionaries day tripping financiers and high end tourists a million miles from the rough streets of the horn of Africa and the townships where Steinberg’s new book A Man of Good Hope plays itself outThe cover of the book’s local edition depicts a neat buttoned up shirt over the familiar silhouette of Cape Town’s mountains the final South African destination of the book’s Somali protagonist AsadHis journey which encompasses Somalia Kenya Ethiopia and a string of countries on a long trek southwards is the subject of this uiet precise narrativeSteinberg takes us inside Asad’s world beginning with his uprooting in the wake of the Somalian civil war and following his restless attempts to build a new life in refugee camps in the urban ghettos of Kenya and in rural EthiopiaHis decision to give it all up and bet everything on a long trek to South Africa which he sees as a land of glittering opportunity ultimately leads him to Cape Town where he was introduced to Steinberg who was looking to interview a Somali immigrantWhat followed were many hours of interviews – mostly conducted inside a parked car near Asad’s shop – during which Steinberg put together the story of his lifeSteinberg shows us South Africa through the eyes of an arriving African immigrant His sparse but descriptive words give us an eerie out of body sensation as we see ourselves on display in these two passages“The highway widened and was double laned on both sides and was full of traffic The surface of the road itself was as smooth as a varnished table as if it had been laid yesterday And the cars on the road were also new like they had just come off the factory floor Beyond the roadside were straight rows of houses with deep terracotta tiles on their roofs thick beige paint on their walls and manicured gardens They too looked as if they had just been built”Ten days later Asad sees through the façade of limitless wealth “Every town the bus passed he noticed was divided into two distinct sections There was always a settlement on the outskirts it consisted of straight narrow identical houses each as modest as the next And it was always in darkness save for the occasional blinding light mounted on a towering pylon”Asad soon discovers – too his disappointment – that his place is in the settlements on the outskirtsSteinberg tells me “It takes looking at it through somebody like Asad’s eyes to see it in all its spectacular strangeness“Coming from afar we must look bizarre We have the crazy racially heirarchised society We’ve formally moved on from it but the structure has remained the same We don’t really like to talk about the fact that everything but nothing has changed at the same time”Asad joins other Somalis who have occupied the spaza shop niche in the townships selling cheap goods through small windows in shacks to customers who view him with no affectionSteinberg observes that unlike South African traders who are symbols of hope of making it the Somali’s are not liked or admired by their customers“What they do is they settle themselves among very very poor people and all they do is they make money The result is that they’re stripped bare they are simply loathedAsad he says is “so utterly disinvested” “His relation to the world around him is utterly instrumental Seeing South Africa through those eyes – through eyes that really did not care – was tough”The loathing soon translates itself into violence at first sporadic and ultimately organized as local communities turn on the tradersWhen Steinberg encounters Asad in Cape Town he has been a victim of this violence“I don’t think xenophobia like this would have been conceivable under apartheid Black people from across the borders streamed into South Africa for generations and were generally integrated into black South Africa“Xenophobia is a dark by product of citizenship – ‘this place is ours now and its not yours’ It’s only since democracy that those lines between urban insiders and outsiders are about those who hold citizenship and those who don’t”A Man of Good Hope is Steinberg at his best Holding the narrative tight while gently but precisely illuminating the social issues that drive it forwardSteinberg says he has been inspired by reading the work of anthropologist Michael Jackson“He’s managed to weld together standard anthropology – he did ethnographies in Sierra Leone for many years and married it to existential philosophy which asks these uestions about the burden of how to live a human life and make it meaningful”“It just dawned on me reading this man’s work that what I’ve been trying to do book after book after book is to write about somebody whose very different from me Try and get under their skin Try to see what it means to be a human being for them

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Lived in a bewildering number of places from the cosmopolitan streets of inner city Nairobi to the desert towns deep in the Ethiopian hinterlandBy the time he reached the cusp of adulthood Asad had honed an array of wily talents At the age of seventeen in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa he made good as a street hustler brokering relationships between hard nosed businessmen and bewildered Somali refugees He also courted the famously beautiful Foosiya and to the astonishment of his peers seduced and married herBuoyed by success in work and in love Asad put twelv. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Somalia is pirates I was completely unaware of the huge amount of Somalis in SA and just how much they were the targets of the xenophobic attacks of 2008My feelings about illegal immigrants are in complete juxtaposition Yes they are non tax paying and illegal which puts a strain on a country’s infrastructure public services job opportunities and is a headache for even the most bountiful first world country’s political and socio economic balance But after following Asad’s journey and his life that has always been full of hate prejudice and a fight to survive I cannot help but also feel some empathy for these people who run to South Africa at the hope of a safe havenThe author makes sure not to paint a picture of pure victimization of Asad and his fellow Somalis and he also allowed for stories that showed their own faults in thought and action during the xenophobic attacksAsad’s story starts when he is 8 years old just after his father disappeared and he witnessed the killing of his mother After being separated from his uncle he ends up living on the streets moving from place to place to survive His nomadic upbringing takes him to Ethiopia where by chance he meets Rooda who took him under his wing and tried to train him as a truck driver assistant I don’t want to get into too much detail about this however these sections gave me a much better understanding of the political unrest and culture of both Somalia and Ethiopia at that timeIt never occurred to me just how much blind trust illegal immigrants have to give to the smugglers and Asad’s journey from the Horn of Africa Somali to SA made for fascinating and nerve wrecking readingFor the first time I understand why Somalis are such successful Spaza shopkeepers working 18 hour days knowing their customers better than they know themselves and only leave the shop to go to the bathroom The story also touches on the Saab a sub culture within the Somali tribal system a people utterly rejected by their countrymen for generation upon generation and no way to redeem themselvesThe story is not just filled with horrors and loss although there is plenty of that it also has unexpected sections of humor and hope Foosiay’s story was intriguing giving insight into the lives of female Somalis and a lot of stories that involved her made me laugh She is truly a firecracker Highly recommended for all South Africans as well as anyone wanting to understand the problem child Africa sometimes seems to be

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A Man of Good HopeIn January 1991 when civil war came to Mogadishu the capital of Somalia two thirds of the city’s population fled Among them was eight year old Asad Abdullahi His mother murdered by a militia his father somewhere in hiding he was swept alone into the great wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub Saharan Africa and the worldThis extraordinary book tells Asad’s story Serially betrayed by the people who promised to care for him Asad lived his childhood at a skeptical remove from the adult world his relation to others wary and tactical He. When Steinberg first meets Asad the Somali man whose life Steinberg has chosen to help explain the extreme black on black violence South Africa experienced in 2008 Asad is living in Blikkiesdorp Blikkiesdorp in English is called Tin Can Town because of its sixteen hundred identical one room tin living structures laid out in sixteen identical suare blocks It was erected to house families evicted from homes they occupied illegally Blikkiesdorp is thirty kilometers from Cape Town separated by an expensive taxi rideAsad and his wife and child were placed in Blikkiesdorp in 2010 after living two years in refugee camps to which they fled after the mob violence in 2008 In the process of uncovering Asad’s personal history Steinberg illuminates for us the roots of Africa’s history of economic migration as well as the means and its turbulent history of violence and pervasive corruption We also get flashes of understanding about human nature mob violence and the psyche of a Somali man Steinberg had the instincts to capture this story of one man the skill to tease out the important strands of his history and the perseverance to complete this riveting and important workAt the start of this non fiction narrative we see the origins of Asad’s story in Mogadishu when his mother was shot in the chest as she clutched him a victim to anti Daarood violence by Hiwaye meant to unseat the Daarood president President Mohamed Siad Barre Asad was eight years old An aunt and uncle whisked the five children across the city in preparation to fleeing to Kenya—the start of a lifelong journey of displacement Steinberg thus begins with the history of lineages and clans and by the end of the narrative demonstrates the centrality of clan affiliation in a person’s life That he was an Abdullahi and an AliYusef would disappear from his life for years on end; there are he would discover many ways of being Somali other than through one’s clan And then without warning his lineage would burst back into his life and shape his fate When it did so he would feel that he had been asleep for years reeling further and further from himselfIt is distressing to say the least to read of Asad’s early years once he is separated from his aunt and uncle in a continuation of the violence He manages to eke out a living in a parade of cities gradually becoming a young man on the basis of grit and cunning He marries and decides to improve his lot by trying to work in South Africa where he will discover the hatreds against Somalis is resurgent in the anti apartheid south The ineuities of life in South Africa among blacks in the new regime led some to strike out at those less numerous and therefore less powerful than themselves The phenomenon of assigning blame for one’s inability to escape one’s condition is something from which we can all learn The mere process of recounting the thought processes of a young unschooled but hardworking boy in duress tells us something of the conditions in which he operated as well as how someone makes decisions in an environment of extremely circumscribed horizons he held a very “now” worldview that held little past and an unknowable future When he married at nineteen Asad's developed his grasp of concept of 'future' Something happened when I knew that I was going to have children with FoosiyaFor the first time I saw that my life was a series of decisions I saw that each decision decided who I was going to be from now on That is a big realization brother I felt dizzy and had to sit down It is the sort of realization that can make you fall overAsad had a strong sense of right and wrong of decency and fairness of propriety and one wonders where it came fromMy first feeling about South African blacks was that they have too much sex” he recalls I have now adjusted a little But back then what I saw on the streets to me was illegal uncultural a shame to one’s reputation A man holding a woman who is not his wife sueezing her bum putting his hand up her skirt I could not even look at them I would look to the sideEven if you consider many different beliefs about the world he says nobody allows that Christianity whatever it is nobody’s culture It is a democracy here You say nothing It is how they are But I tell you they do not get this from their religion It is not in their culture either But they do it They have lost what their ancestors once knew Christian Jewish doesn’t allow it Nobody allows itOne cannot help but wonder if most people even those who persecuted Asad would also exhibit such constraints on behaviors if uestioned closely enough Asad and his fellow entrepreneurial Somalis had contempt for South African blacks We think of South African black people as teenagers Asad tells me bluntly Their democracy is so new and precious to them but it confuses them When it does not bring them what they want they get violentThe blacks had reasons for their anger which eventually manifest in violence much of the profit earned from small business initiatives owned by Somalis and other economic immigrants was thought to be repatriated and thus exported sucking their communities dry The reasons for the poverty of their communities undoubtedly had other larger and pertinent causes but the economic immigrants were easier targets than a political system or institutionalized societal ineualities It is startling to discover in this winding story set on a distant continent ourselves Such is Steinberg’s narrative skill allowing us to see the general in the personalWriting a book about the remembered bits of a man’s life is fraught with difficulty which Steinberg frankly acknowledges at several stages His struggle alone is enlightening the uestions he puts to Asad are an attempt to help Asad remember how he felt at different stages of his life Asad kept a Red Book a kind of occasional diary in his teen years which he eventually lost in his border crossingsIt was a record of the very best and the very worst Like the day Foosiya agreed to marry me I wrote down the date the time And on days when I had nothing and saw no future I would write down the date on which I had that thoughtBut often Asad simply did not want to divulge the depth of his feeling on a topic It was too closely held and perhaps too easily misunderstood but it formed his character We have to make do with the man himself This narrative nonfiction is being released in paperback today by Vintage a division of Penguin Random House PRH currently has a 20% off pre holiday sale with free shipping until the end of the year so don’t hold back on the opportunity to have a look at a fascinating detailed and unusual portrait of a man living on the second most populous continent on earth