Withered Flowers by Stella Gitano (tr. Anthony Calderbank)

the artwork on the cover and throughout the book is by Hussein Khalil

a nutshell: this stunningly unqiue short story collection shares glimpses of daily life in South Sudan, from scene of raids to breastfeeding, pickpocketing to thunderstorms

a line: “the real diseases were poverty and displacement and war”

an image: a mother tries to amputate the memory of a distressing period, which has grown like an unwanted limb on the body of her life – serving no purpose but to disfigure it

a thought: I was touched by the unconditional loyalty of a brother to his sister, both of who live in abject poverty; he sees her as a mermaid as the top and bottom of her body are different, since she is paralysed from the waist down since she had polio

a fact: in the author’s note, I learned that Gitano has a Bachelor of Pharmacology from Khartoum University and is passionate about helping to solve matters concerning women and children in South Sudan

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One thought on “Withered Flowers by Stella Gitano (tr. Anthony Calderbank)

  1. hello.
    i do not think it was pharmacology stella gitano (or gaitano) studied at university of khartoum. maybe this was a typo. she studied pharmacy actually. do crosscheck.
    thank you.

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