"A Rift over a Girl's Body" is "a wonderfully evocative story of life in a small, impoverished village, an engaging tale, beautifully written by an author who knows that environment intimately." Professor Talal Asad: City University of New York Dr. Abdalla writes with "immediacy and expert facility -------(that) give(s) humor and character to every living thing - animals, vegetables and humans. (E)ven inaminate objects have lives and opinions of their own. The humans have a passion and crankiness which makes them strong, all caught (up) in the clash between tradition and modern life." Carloine Bowder: Novelist and Play-writer; Author of Walled Landscape and Birth Rites. Dr. Ismail Hussein Abdalla's novel "A Rift over a Girl's Body" is based on a true story of a young girl in a village in western Kordofan, in the Sudan, who was forced by events beyond her control to run away with a married man of her father's age. The unprecedented ugly event changed forever the once pristine and peaceful life of the villagers. It is the story of hope and disappointment, courage and weakness, honor and shamefulness.
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