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Jamil Jan Kochai

Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of 99 Nights in Logar (Viking, 2019), a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, the O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Short Stories. He was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His second book is The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories (Viking, 2022).  


Illustration by Daryn Ray

The Parable of the Goats

Summer 2022 | Fiction

He sat there in the pit, chanting and humming and carving sepulchers for an ancient warrior class of genocidal aliens, and did not even look up to acknowledge his captors.