The Youth of God

The Youth of God

by Hassan Ghedi Santur
  • diversity
  • from-ontario
  • literary

The Youth of God tells the story of Nuur, a sensitive and academically gifted seventeen-year-old boy growing up in Toronto’s Somali neighbourhood, as he negotiates perilously between the calling of his faith and his intellectual ambitions. Trying to influence him are a radical Muslim imam and a book-loving, dedicated teacher who shares his background.

In its telling, this novel reveals the alienated lives of Somali youth in an environment riddled with crime and unemployment, while still in the grip of bitter memories of a home left behind. This intensely moving novel is also a powerful allegory of the struggle for the soul of Islam in modern times.


Hassan Ghedi Santur, author

Hassan Ghedi Santur emigrated from Somalia to Canada at age thirteen. He has a BA in English Literature and an MA in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has worked as a radio journalist for CBC Radio. In 2010 he published his debut novel Something Remains, and Maps of Exile, an exploration of the plight of African migrants in Europe.


  • "The Youth of God" is a great accomplishment. It’s a community’s story of war, immigration and the constant preoccupation with finding safety. Santur manages to do what only great novelists can do: tell a harrowing tale with nuance, grace, and a lot of compassion. Each character is complex, each person’s story comes with many layers. I couldn’t put it down. - Kagiso Lesego Molope, author of "This Book Betrays My Brother"

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd



rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: General

number of pages: 208

publication date: 06/01/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript