"Wilder Winds" by Bel Olid (English Edition)
A girl waiting for her mother to die, a visitor to a refugee camp, another witnessing a birth in a war-torn village, an elderly woman facing up to government troops… these are just a few of the brutal, yet beautifully written moments and stories from Bel Olid’s sensational collection of stories, Wilder Winds. In Wilder Winds, writer and translator Bel Olid presents a stunning collection of short stories that draw on notions of individual freedom, abuses of power, ingrained social violence, life on the outskirts of society, and inevitable differences. Alongside these they place small acts of kindness capable of changing the world and making it a better place. Like a flower that stubbornly grows and blooms in the cracks of the pavement. Olid’s work seeks out beauty without renouncing truth, and never avoids conflict or intimacy. Wilder Winds creates scenes and fragile, yet hardy characters that will stay with the reader for years to come.