13 August 2015

'The memory of love' by Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna
'The memory of love' is a story' (2011) of war, says Aminatta Forna in an interview. And that's exactly what it is. Her story is a luminous tale of passion and betrayal, encompassing the political unrest that racked Sierra Leone in the late 1960s and the ruinous civil war of the 1990s, as well as the days of tenuous quiet when those who managed to stay alive struggled to cope with the physical and mental scars of those years, wrote the New York Times.

The Memory of Love, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book Award 2011,  was described by the judges as "a bold, deeply moving and accomplished novel" and Forna as "among the most talented writers in literature today";[8][39] The Memory of Love was also shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012,[40] the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011 and the Warwick Prize for Writing.

Who is Aminatta Forna

Forna was born in Bellshill, Scotland, in 1964 to a Sierra Leonean father, Mohamed Forna, and a Scottish mother, Maureen Christison. When Forna was six months old the family travelled to Sierra Leone, where Mohamed Forna worked as a physician. He later became involved in politics and entered government, only to resign citing a growth in political violence and corruption. Between 1970 and 1973 he was imprisoned and declared an Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience. Mohamed Forna was hanged on charges of treason in 1975.he events of Forna's childhood and her investigation into the conspiracy surrounding her father's death are the subject of the memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water.



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