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Igiaba Scego

Italian writer Igiaba Scego
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Igiaba Scego

Igiaba Scego, born in Rome in 1974 to a family of Somali origin, is a writer and journalist. She is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novels Oltre Babilonia (2008), Adua (2015) and La linea del colore (2020) have been translated into English, and her memoir La mia casa è dove sono won Italy’s prestigious Mondello Prize. She is a frequent contributor to the magazine Internazionale and the supplement to La RepubblicaIl Venerdì di Repubblica.

Articles by Igiaba Scego

An empty playground with a merry go round
Photo by Loegunn Lai on Unsplash
My Home Is Where I Am
By Igiaba Scego
Somali-Italian writer Igiaba Scego recalls her childhood experiences in the Italian educational system in this memoir.
Translated from Italian by Aaron Robertson
First Read—From “Adua”
By Igiaba Scego
Igiaba Scego’s Adua, translated by Jamie Richards, is out now from New Vessel Press. Adua emigrates from Somalia to Italy to escape an oppressive regime, and dreams of becoming a film star. After…
Translated by Jamie Richards
The True Story of “Faccetta Nera”
By Igiaba Scego
A black woman, in the regime’s view, simply could not be an Italian.
Translated from Italian by Antony Shugaar