"Semi-Apes, a haunting tale, told with urbanity and wit, confronts the reader with a relentless scrutiny of the lives of two girls in a close-knit Mauritian community, blowing away our smug beliefs and assumptions about women's situation in our times."

P.S Chauhan, Editor, South Asian Review.


"Semi-Apes is a powerful literary contribution to Asian Fiction."

Mrinmoy Pramanick, Editor, Indian Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies.

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Sabah Carrim has authored two novels: Humeirah (2012) and Semi-Apes (2015). Both stories are set in Mauritius where she was born. 

Her first novel Humeirah was the subject of a thesis by Masaryk University, Czech Republic.  

In the recent past, Sabah was invited to speak at the Kuala Lumpur Literary Festival and the Bangalore Literature Festival. 

At the African Writers Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, held between 27-29 September 2019, Sabah delivered the keynote address on Cultural Stereotypes in African Literature: Rewriting the narratives for the 21st Century Reader. She was also appointed as judge of the African Short Story Award, handed out during the event.

Sabah attended the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Lagos, Nigeria between 24-27 October 2019 for the launch of an anthology containing one of her short stories, Tara's Hair, selected in the AfroYoung Adult Short Story Competition, organised by Goethe Institute South Africa.

In 2018, another short story Plaine verte was chosen and published in the Small Islands Anthology competition organised by Commonwealth Foundation. In July 2019, The Evil in Me was among the 20 stories (out of 2495 entries) shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize. In October 2019, Size of Rice was shortlisted by Odd Voice Out Press in the Not so Normal Narrators contest. In December 2019, Dismantling Life was one of the ten semi-finalists in the Gabriele Rico Challenge for Creative Nonfiction, and will soon be published in issue 153 of Reed Magazine.

In February 2020, Sabah was the recipient of the Art Moves Africa grant for which she headed creative writing classes for the PenPen Africa residency program in March 2020, and participated in the second edition of Writers Mingle at Goethe Institute Kenya.

In April 2020, Sabah was awarded the W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Scholarship and the Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation Scholarship to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing in the United States.

Sabah is a law lecturer with a PhD in Genocide Studies and Prevention.

Her upcoming work, a collection of poems titled Flowers of Silence is scheduled for publication in 2021.


There is a depth to ...[Humeirah]...that belies mere storytelling.

The Sun

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