If you were to choose 4-7 titles that would represent, to you, the most interesting books (perhaps experimental, challenging, or influential in some way) written by Sudanese writers in the last 10 years, what would they be? And (perhaps more importantly) why?
Mansour El Souwaim
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’.
Recently, I’ve been trying to educate myself about literature from the Sudan(s). After all, her historic vote is just one small piece of the Sudan’s rich cultural history.