Ferenji: and other stories

Ferenji: and other stories

by Helena Mulkerns

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Ferenji and other stories by Helena Mulkerns, is published by Doire Press, an award-winning literary publishing house in Galway, Ireland.  This debut from the author is a themed short fiction collection set among civilians in conflict and post-conflict zones. From ancient Arabic, the term Ferenji  means ‘foreigners’ and exists today in countries from Ethiopia to Vietnam. The author herself is a former journalist and UN peacekeeping veteran, who spent ten years ‘in the field’ as a press officer and photographer in Central America, Africa and Asia. See the Ferenji book trailer HERE.

Ferenji depicts life in the field — warts and all — with pathos, dark field humour and satire, lending a passionate civilian voice to the new genre of contemporary post-conflict literature. 

In ‘A Child Called Peace’, two young Irish peacekeepers find a child dying in a minefield. In ‘Blood and Bone’ a war photographer is haunted by the image of a refugee. The title story, ‘Ferenji’ pits a lone aid worker against a bureaucratic system and ‘Operation Cat Lift’ is an allegory for our times.

“Dogs”, which explores how sexism can go beyond culture and borders, has been shortlisted for the Bórd Gais Irish Book Awards 2017, in the category of “Short Story of the Year”. 

The author was a music and arts journalist in Paris and New York before working for the United Nations and has edited two literary anthologies, including Red Lamp Black Piano. Her work has been shortlisted for The Pushcart Prize, Hennessy New Irish Writing and The Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. She received a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to complete Ferenji

For more information, please visit the author's website at:  www.HelenaMulkerns.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999907587
Publisher: Helena Mulkerns
Publication date: 11/04/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 170
File size: 251 KB

About the Author

HELENA MULKERNS is an Irish writer who has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Elle, The Irish Times, Hot Press and The Irish Echo, among others. She also worked for ten years in UN peacekeeping missions in Central America, Africa and Afghanistan. Her short fiction has been internationally anthologised and shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing literary awards, America's Pushcart Prize and Ireland's Francis MacManus Short Story Award. She holds an MA in English Literature and Publishing from NUIG, and has edited two literary anthologies: Turbulence and Red Lamp Black Piano. She is a recipient of a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland and her fiction debut, Ferenji, a collection of themed short fiction, was published by Doire Press in 2016. Also see: www.helenamulkerns.com

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

A Child Called Peace
Blue Tarpaulin
The Biggest Liar
Blood and Bone
The Package Man
The Thousand Mile Rule
Image of the Day
Operation Catlift
Mare Rubrum
Acacia Dreaming
Thank You to
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