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Burundi: Writing from the State of Sleep

July 2015

This collection, originally featured in the July 2015 issue of Words Without Borders, brings our first publications from Burundi, a country thrust into the spotlight by political turmoil ahead of upcoming elections.

Burundi: Writing from the State of Sleep
By Shook
An active literary culture is emerging from among its estimated population of just over ten million.
From “Baho!”
By Roland Rugero
It was inconceivable that a chicken could get lost.
Translated from French by Chris Schaefer
By Ketty Nivyabandi
There will be no more wolf on the vast schoolyards.
Translated from French by Shook
My Friends
By Abdoul Mtoka
Has justice disappeared? / Has man turned animal?
Translated from Swahili by Shook & Jean Claude Nduwimana