Writing Sudan: Novelist Fatin Abbas reads from Ghost Season

Location: Joynes Reading Room, Carothers Hall (CRD 007) 2501 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

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Author Fatin Abbas will read from her novel, Ghost Season, and from a memoir about her family’s exile from Sudan. Set in the borderlands of Sudan and South Sudan, Abbas’s novel explores narratives of civil war, delving into themes of conflict, climate change, community, nationhood, and humanitarian aid, and draws on her family’s experience of political repression following her father’s imprisonment in Sudan. The event will reflect on the ongoing war in Sudan to examine relations between arts, literature, activism, and human rights.

Fatin Abbas is the author of Ghost Season: A Novel (W.W. Norton, US & Canada; Jacaranda, UK, 2023; also forthcoming from Rowohlt Berlin in Germany in 2024). Her short fiction has appeared in Granta, Freeman’s, The Warwick Review, and Friction, and her journalism and review essays have appeared in The Guardian, Le Monde diplomatique, The Nation, Zeit Online, Africa is a Country, Bidoun, African Arguments and openDemocracy, among other places.


Joynes Reading Room, the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the Michener Center for Writers

Event series: Book talk, Other Speakers