"The novel begins across a rural context, in a small impoverished village full of mystery, rituals, and superstition, and it ends in a jam-packed city with all its complications."
These 10 vivid short stories, from Sudanese and South Sudanese writers, are in honor of the Northern Hemisphere's shortest day.
“I started to record it so as not to forget. Not only for me but for anyone who is innocent and has been imprisoned under false pretenses. Just to remember what can happen.”
"Malkat Addar Mohammad’s الفراغالعريض (The Wide Void) was the first novel by a Sudanese woman that was published in Arabic. Written in the early 1950s, it was only published in 1972."
The essay "In a Sudan Where Literature is Often Smuggled, the Short Story is a Perfect Form," by ArabLit editor M Lynx Qualey, appears on LitHub.
The writers featured include Ibrahim Ishaq (in 'Literary Sudans'), Leila Aboulela, Mansour El Souwaim ('Beirut 39'), Mamoun Eltlib ('Book of Khartoum'), Stella Gaitano ('ArabLit Quarterly', 'Banipal 55'), and others, including Griselda El Tayib and her recently launched 'Regional Folk Costumes of the Sudan'.