Van Aggelen African Literary Agency

Black Foam

Black Foam tells the story of a man leaving a forced recruitment camp in his homeland, Eritrea, for the refugee camps in Ethiopia. Hoping to be granted asylum in Europe the protagonist and changes his name. His plan fails, but by chance, he discovers that the last group of Falasha Jews is leaving Ethiopia for Israel and switches his identity once more. Once in Israel, he continues to shift between names, nationalities, and religions as a means to survive. However, the bitter truth of his past unfolds to form a stunning conclusion. The novel illuminates Eritrea and the story of the Falasha Jews in Ethiopia and Israel. It also explores the issue of racism and xenophobia among blacks themselves.

 

Author: Haji Jabir