In Focus: Sudan

This May 2022, we launch our third “In Focus” section. For our “New & Inventive Voices” feature, we asked a number of Sudanese writers to put together a list of their highlights from among recent books, and for “Women Recommend: Sudanese Women Writers,” women writers give an overview of the landscape as well as their favorites by other women. We also have new fiction and poetry in translation, as well as interviews, essays, art, and more. Explore more special features below, with more from our archives on the left.

Women recommend:

What’s been published:

Violence “is carried on the back of the writer … who must write it all down. And in the midst of this storm of violence, there is the struggle for life, a flash of joy and pleasure.”

Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin

Short fiction:

Coming May 4:

Coming May 5:

On buying books:

Recommended anthologies:

Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology, ed. Adil Babikir

Literary Sudansed. Bhakti Shringarpure.

Book of Khartoumed. Max Shmookler and Raph Cormack.

 Banipal 55: Sudanese Literature Todayed. Samuel Shimon.

The Common 19, Sudan section ed. Hisham Bustani and Jennifer Acker


Words Without Borders: Coming into Focus: Sudanese Women Writers