Featured Interview With Nathan Haddish Mogos
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I an an Eritrean-Norwegian residing in Oslo. Born in Addis Ethiopia moved to Eritrea at the age of 16. And no I don’t have pets
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I always had a wild imagination growing up, was known for my colorful store telling among my peers. But took to writing in high school, just jotting down wandering thoughts. But then life got serious and my outlook changed so did the books I read. The talent of writing was further honed while doing my BA in English. the older i got the more Existential thoughts made it to my diary and once I left my country, living as a refugee in Diaspora writing became therapeutic. Having settled in Norway the hobby eventually turned into a career once I embraced it as my calling.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
It’s hard to leave out anyone from this list but here we go. I love reading literary novels that depict their times and their reality without inhibitions. Knut Hamsun’ Hunger, Aldous Huxley’s books Crome Yellow and Point Counter Point, The Stranger by Albert Camus, Dambudzo Marechera’s Cemetery of the Mind, Richard Wright’ s Native Son, On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Dangling Man by Saul Bellow I can say had a formidable influence in my writing style.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Titled Ripe Dreams, it depicts the reality of unaccompanied migrants journey across the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea for a better life in the west. The atrocious current state of migrants stranded in Libya is well documented, however it had been going on for decades. The most vulnerable being minors that experience severely traumatizing incidents in the hands of smugglers, militants and the lawless authorities with insignificant interference of international community or relevant institutions . Sexual abuse, slavery, extortion, executions, torture to name a few while locked up at all times. Many succumb in the early phases of the journey.
However for those lucky enough to make it across the sea, they have a tremendous fight on their hands. The PTSD hinders their integration and progression in the European communities. Accordingly the novel follows the journey of two minors who had make it all the way to Norway. The protagonist Teme ,his side kick Toure, an objective therapist and a native girlfriend usher the reader into fast paced unforgettable thriller in the inner city as they try to cope with the culture shock, the migration route trauma, adulthood, friendship and love life. Their interaction with the natives and institutions explores the current hot issues of migration, terrorism, sexual exploitation, nationalism and cultural barriers relevant in every aspect of European political and social sphere.
With many years of experience working as a freelance interpreter in Norway and UNHCR in Africa, as well as a motivational speaker working along other psychologists and case workers I have tried to objectively depict the reality in a fictional manner while maintaining the integrity and anonymity of the victims stories.
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