For Second Time in 18 Years, Arabic Short Story Shortlisted for Caine Prize

You can read all the stories online:
“The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away”
“Who Will Greet You at Home?”
“Bush Baby”
“God’s Children Are Little Broken Things”
“The Virus”


Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ A New Translation from Amal Dunqul’s ‘Book of Genesis’Categories: other literary prizes, short stories, Sudan The winner is set to be announced in London on July 3. According to his biography in   Banipal,   after obtaining his PhD in Russian from Moscow, al-Fadil “taught Russian literature and language at Khartoum University until he was expelled in the early 1990s along with many other lecturers and hundreds of student after protests about the military coup by Omar al-Bashir.”
Of the shortlist, prize judging chair Nii Parkes said in a prepared statement, “Although they range in tone from the satirical to the surreal, all five stories on this year’s shortlist are unrelentingly haunting. It made the shortlist in 2001. A prominent Sudanese writer, al-Fadil has previously won the Al Tayeb Salih prize for his short story “Above the Bandar Sky.” Thus far, al-Fadil has published four story collections, his most recent   being   Above a City’s Sky   (2012), publihsed in the same year he   won his   Al Tayeb Salih award. Peter Clark. The last short   story translated from the Arabic to make a Caine Prize shortlist was Tunisian writer Hassouna Mosbahi’s “The Tortoise,” trans. Born in Argi, in northern Sudan, al-Fadil is currently based in Jedda, Saudi Arabia. It appeared in   The Book of Khartoum – A City in Short Fiction, ed. It has been a wonderful journey so far and we look forward to selecting a winner.”
The Caine Prize winner takes £10,000, while the other finalists get £500 — in al-Fadil’s case, presumably split with Shmookler. For just the second time in the Caine Prize for African Writing’s eighteen-year history, a short story translated from the Arabic has reached the shortlist:
The shortlisted story is Sudanese writer Bushra al-Fadil’s “The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away,” translated by Max Shmookler with support from Najlaa Osman Eltom. Shmookler and   Raph Cormack.