10 Sudanese & South Sudanese Short Stories for the Solstice

ArabLit & ArabLit Quarterly

These 10 vivid short stories, from Sudanese and South Sudanese writers, are in honor of the Northern Hemisphere’s shortest day:

Ibrahim El-Salahi. Untitled from Prison Notebook. 1976

1. “Birth,” Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin, trans. Nancy Roberts

It was her panting that drew me over. I was exhausted, as the new work regime had been sucking every last drop of life out of us. But my misreading of the situation (what with the cries, groans, and stifled moans) put some life back into me, and I shot over to her like an arrow.

2. “The Route Through Purgatory” by Omayma Abdullahtranslated by Nassir al-Sayed al-Nour

The sands lolled and swam in the sun’s blazing rays all day, then when darkness fell, they patiently waited for the sun to rise. As far as the eye could see, the sands swelled in every direction, wild and silent. It even felt like they…

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