The Redemption of General Butt Naked - Introduction

Redemption of General Butt Naked, The
Voertaal: Engels

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zaterdag 24 maart 2012 - 19:15

Vamba Omar Sherif was born in Liberia, grew up in Kuwait and has been living in the Netherlands since 1993. Sherif has been speaking three African languages and English from a very young age. When his father became a university professor in Kuwait, Sherif also learned Arabic and was introduced to African, English and Arabic literature. During the Gulf War in 1991, the family fled to Syria, later settling in the Netherlands. In order to study law, Sherif learned Dutch as well. In the same period, he started writing in an attempt to process the traumatic experiences of his childhood. During a visit to his birth country of Liberia, Sherif came face to face with dictator Charles Taylor. This encounter inspired him to write the novel Zwijgplicht (Bound to Secrecy), a detective story about power and about abuses of power.