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Aya Sabi

Aya Sabi (b. 1995) writes fiction as well as columns for Flemish newspaper ‘De Morgen’. At the age of 22, she made her debut with the short-story collection ‘Verkruimeld land’ (Crumbled Land, 2017), which Dutch paper ‘NRC Handelsblad’ compared to the work of British author Zadie Smith. Her first novel ‘Half Leven’ (Half Life, 2022) centres on the key themes of migration, feminism and colonialism. Sabi writes with great passion, really gets under the skin of her characters and is ruthless in her descriptions of the pain, powerlessness and lack of understanding they experience.

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