Book of Khartoum story shortlisted for Caine Prize for African Writing

Huge congratulations to Bushra al-Fadil, who has just been shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing!

'The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away' was included in our Reading the City anthology The Book of Khartoum, and was translated into English from the Arabic for the first time by Max Shmookler, with support from Najlaa Osman Eltom.

Bushra has published four collections of short stories in Arabic. His most recent collection Above a City's Sky was published in 2012, the same year Bushra won the Altayeb Salih Short Story Award. Bushra holds a PhD in Russian language and literature.

He is joined on the shortlist by Chikodili Emelumadu (Nigeria), Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria), Arinze Ifeakandu (Nigeria) and Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (South Africa).

The Book of Khartoum was the first major collection of Sudanese short stories in English translation, and can be bought from our website. You can read his shortlisted story for free, here.