Mark Ndesandjo Unveils New Novel, Speaks Of Abusive Father Mark told the press that his first novel was written in order to raise awareness about domestic violence. As he spoke to the press, tears streamed down his face. His novel is semi-autobiographical, and is based much on the terrible experiences he had to face as a child. Looks like he is as academic as his older brother, earning two degrees in physics, one from Brown University and including a Masters in Physics from Stanford. As well as a masters from Emory University. Obama is lucky he wasn't raised by his father. Better children raised by a single parent than a set of abusive parents.