"These assured, accomplished stories are reports from a world in which unacknowledged dark energies undermine and render hollow our bright, rational self-understanding. With passion and intelligence, and rare moral insight, Elleke Boehmer traces the scars left on the psyche by the tortuous histories of the South." J.M. Coetzee, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature
"Arresting, intriguing, and brilliantly crafted, these stories explore the psychic wounds of our rapidly contracting contemporary world, with its complications of race, migration and trauma. Each unfolds with impeccable pacing, and gradually unveils a deeply humane sense of the world." Kwame Dawes, author of City of Bones, a testament
Elleke Boehmer is the author of Sharmilla and Other Portraits, Bloodlines, Screens Against the Sky and The Shouting in the Dark. She was born in Durban and now lives in Oxford where she is Professor in World Literature in English at the University of Oxford.