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Dawoud is on the run from his murky past, aiming to discover where he belongs. He tries to assimilate into different groups along his journey through North Africa and Israel, changing his clothes, his religious affiliations, and even his name to fit in, but the safety and peace he seeks remain elusive. It seems prejudice is everywhere, holding him back, when all he really wants is to create a simple life he can call his own. A chameleon, Dawoud—or David, Adal, or Dawit, depending on where and when you meet him—is not lost in this whirl of identities. In fact, he is defined by it.
I have not read a story such as Dawoud’s before. Yes, I have read about the struggles and dreams of migrants, but rarely have I seen a character go to such great lengths to reinvent themselves to assimilate into a culture in order to survive. But here’s the thing, you’re never sure you can trust Dawoud; it keeps you on edge.
I appreciate learning about new cultures and communities when I read translated fiction. The conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Jews that settled in Israel were all eye-opening to me. 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐅𝐨𝐚𝐦 offers a big message with its look at prejudices and hate along a journey of blending in – it asks hard questions.
❓𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐞?