Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin is an acclaimed Sudanese novelist and short story writer, whose many books include Samhani, The Messiah of Darfur and The Imagination of Khandris. He received the prestigious Tayeb Salah Prize for his novel The Jungo – Stakes of the Earth in 2009, the BBC Short Story Prize for the Arab World for “A Woman from Kampo Kadees” in 1993 and the Stories on Air Award, organised by the BBC and Al-Arabi Magazine, for “The Music of the Bones” and “Physics of Colour” in 2013. His latest books, published in 2020, are Slavers’ Banquets, Prayer of the Flesh and Cloning of the Traitor.
Abdelaziz’s novels have been translated into English, French, German, Norwegian, Kurdish and Amharic, and the German edition of The Imagination of Khandris is used in academic curricula. He has also written for several international Arabic-language magazines and many other prestigious periodicals. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a consultant for children’s rights at UNICEF in Darfur, and director of development projects at the World Bank’s Community Development Fund in Blue Nile. He now lives in Austria.