Earlier this week, it was announced the Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawyo’s debut novel, We Need New Names, has been longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. For today’s Fiction Friday we bring you a short story by this Caine Prize winning author, titled “Blak Power”, published in Guernica Magazine.
“Blak Power” is set in Budapest and starts with a group of youths encountering a guard, who tries to assert his authority over them.
The guava season is getting ready to end so now we prowl Budapest like we’re hunting animals. We carefully comb and comb the streets, eyes trained on the trees so hard our necks could strain. We don’t really talk about it but I know all of us are thinking of the end of the season, when Budapest will have nothing for us anymore, of the long, boring months before the next season starts.
Maybe we should start hitting inside, Bastard says, speaking real slow and thoughtful-like.
No. We’re not thugs, Godknows says, and I almost clap for him for talking sense for a change.
Yes, we’re not those kind of people, Sbho says.
I tell you, we’re really missing out, Bastard says, his face all screwed up with seriousness.
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
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