"The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away" (Bushra al-Fadil)

"As long as the innocent birds were struck with stones and selfish desires, they would continue to land in such ugly places against their will, in patches full of violence and hate."

"As long as the innocent birds were struck with stones and selfish desires, they would continue to land in such ugly places against their will, in patches full of violence and hate."

Sudan / 2016

This is the story of a luckless man who falls for a beautiful, mysterious girl who transforms his luck. Or does she? Bushra al-Fadil hails from Sudan and has published four collections of short stories in Arabic. This story was translated from Arabic, as well. He holds a PhD in Russian language and literature. "The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away" is nominated for this year's Caine Prize. The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The winner will be announced on July 3rd.