Imagine the horror of an eight-year old watching his mother shot dead before him…imagine the chaos his life is thrown into afterwards…imagine his life as a refugee.
This is the life of Asad Abdullahi, the main character in the novel ‘A Man of Good Hope’ by South African writer Jonny Steinberg. Steinberg presents this situation, that on the surface might appear like a lone story, but in reality treats major current global issues such as migration, poverty and racism. Expounding on xenophobia, Steinberg says it starts with governments that mistreat minority groups, which gradually feeds into a national psyche. While discussing his book with Zahra Ahmed, he said he found that matters of truth and memory are not always straightforward. In telling someone’s story, it is important to stay true to their story.