Excerpted from Culture Trip.

The following story is taken from the forthcoming Global Anthology, which highlights a single work of prose from every country in the world.


"Flagellates: A True Fictional Account"

The rumor that Haile Woldu was to become the commander of our military detention center had been floating around for nearly three months. In his previous posts as commander of other detention centers, Haile was known for privileges he accorded to detainees and the relationship he cultivated with them. Which is why, when he finally arrived, and we were all called in as a group to be formally introduced to our new commander, we celebrated it as if he was our liberator.