Sulaiman Addonia


Sulaiman Addonia about Haarlem

Feeling Haarlem

I arrived in Haarlem carrying personal anguish. Even so, I had a smile plastered all over my face as if to shie...

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Sulaiman Addonia is an Eritrean-Ethiopian-British novelist. His first novel, The Consequences of Love, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, was translated into more than 20 languages. Silence is My Mother Tongue, his second novel, has been longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2021 Firecracker Awards in Fiction, and for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award. His third novel, The Seers, will be published in 2023 by Canongate UK & Graywolf USA. He currently lives in Brussels where he has launched a creative writing academy for refugees and asylum seekers, and the Asmara-Addis Literary Festival (In Exile). He is a columnist for the Belgian newspaper De Standaard.

Sulaiman Addonia is the sixth and final citybooks resident in Haarlem. He’ll explore the Dutch city for two weeks in September 2021. The resulting citybook will be published as text and audiobook later this same year.


Photo Sulaiman Addonia © Lyse Ishimwe