jebel marra - michelle greenTowards the end of this collection, a woman is speaking to a Western journalist about being driven out of her home by bombing, paring the story back bit by bit to include only what she knows he wants to hear. Michelle Green seems to set up this scenario as a contrast to her own project. She says herself, in a piece for the Irish Times, that she wanted to “complicate the neat narratives” we’re so often fed and “write beyond the standard war story”. She humanises the war in Darfur, making it feel close and personal, offering the perspectives of 15 different people – western aid workers and journalists, Sudanese potters and officials, men and women, gay and straight – “just trying to make their way through chaos”.

Set primarily in Darfur, with parts in Khartoum, Sudan, and moments in Croatia.

Recommended by @lewisalloyd.

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