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Leila Aboulela
Illustration by E. R. Beardsley
Glass Enclave


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Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo in 1964. She lived in Khartoum and graduated from the University of Khartoum in1985. She studied statistics at the LSE in London, and currently lives with her family in Aberdeen. Her work has appeared in Scottish Short Stories 1996 (HarperCollins) and Ahead of Its Time (Cape 1998).

"Glass Enclave" is an excerpt from her first novel, The Translator (Polygon 1999), available at

Also by Leila Aboulela

Days Rotate
I said, 'Carry me'. He said, 'No'.

The Ostrich
You look like something out of the Third World.

The Way Home
The vacuum roared and sucked and gobbled.

Copyright © 1997 Leila Aboulela. All rights reserved.
Illustration copyright © 1997 E. R. Beardsley. All rights reserved.