Stella Gaitano’s Edo’s Souls, forthcoming from Dedalus Books this year, will feature cover art by Khartoum-based Sudanese visual artist Yasmeen Abdullah.
Nine vibrant, world-stitching (and un-stitching) short stories by Sudanese and South Sudanese women in English translation.
“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.”
For the first time, one of the “PEN Translates” awards will go to a South Sudanese novel.
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’.