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George Makana Clark

‘This is why he will survive this war to return to his wife and daughter, barring a blind bullet, an errant piece of shrapnel, some careless act of destiny.’

Overhead bullets concuss the air, disrupt Nzinga’s world. There’s no aim to the gunfire, no malice. A government patrol has stumbled on her father’s distant sentries, both sides firing blind in their mutual retreat.


George Makana Clark

George Makana Clark was raised in Rhodesia. He is the author of the novel The Raw Man and the story collection The Small Bees’ Honey. His work has appeared in The Granta Book of the African Short Story, The O. Henry Prize Stories and Tin House, among other publications. He teaches fiction writing and African literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

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