Ex­iled Su­danese writer wins Caine Prize

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Su­danese writer Bushra al-Fadil (pic­tured) has clinched the pres­ti­gious 2017 Caine Prize for African Writ­ing. His short story, ti­tled The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away, bagged him £10 000 (about R192 000) this week. Al-Fadil (65) holds a PhD in Rus­sian lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture and cur­rently lives in Saudi Ara­bia, af­ter be­ing ex­iled from Su­dan in the 1990s for his po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism. His story was orig­i­nally pub­lished in Ara­bic and sub­se­quently trans­lated into English. South Africa’s Ma­gogodi Makhene was also short-listed for her story, The Virus. The Caine Prize for African Writ­ing is re­garded as Africa’s pre-em­i­nent lit­er­ary award.

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