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Aporia in Maps by Nuruddin Farah Continued. (Abdullah)

In David Lodge’s chapter on aporia, Lodge states that aporia is used to “denote real.. doubt about an issue, uncertainty as to how to proceed in a discourse.” (219)

In the novel, Maps by Nuruddin Farah, the events and actions of the main characters revolve around the doubt that is prevalent throughout the novel. The characters base their actions on doubt and so doubt in a way is a theme of the novel. One of the most prominent issues that Farah casts doubt around is whether Misra betrayed the Somali Western Liberation Front by informing an Ethiopian soldier of the whereabouts of the Somali army. The issue is first introduced by Karin when she visits Askar, however Misra provides a contradicting story and the Askar/reader must decide on which story to believe in.

Also, the second person narrator in chapter seven does not seem to be as trustworthy as once believed. The narrator is informing the Askar of events that occurred but, at the same time, is also asking for clarification from Askar such as on page 145 when the narrator says “(Is this true Askar?)”.

 

Lodge later on states that the discourse that is created due to the usage of aporia does not “proceed” but “accretes”.

This is still seen in the novel as no one story is actually proven and the rest of the novel is based on dubitable facts and narrations. None of the issues that had doubt surrounding them are actually clarified and so the introduction of additional issues that we are not certain off add to the confusion that is already existent.

 


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