Lumberjack Hunter Emmanuel is trying to solve the mystery of how a woman’s leg got severed – and why he cares. Constance Myburgh’s Hunter Emmanuel is one of five stories shortlisted for this year’s CainePrize, Africa’s leading literary award, now in its thirteenth year.
Hunter Emmanuel shouldered his chainsaw and looked up at the trees. That, he thought, is some crazy shit. A leg hung from a branch three-quarters up the pine’s trunk. It was a woman’s leg he thought, though you could never know one hundred percent, and it had been cut off right at the crotch, at the dip he liked so much. . .
Jenna Bass, writing as Constance Myburgh, is a South African filmmaker, photographer, writer and retired magician. Her award-winning, Zimbabwe-set short film, ‘The Tunnel’, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals and continues to screen internationally. She is currently engaged on her debut feature, ‘Tok Tokkie’, a supernatural noir set in Cape Town. Jenna is also the editor and co-creator of Jungle Jim, a pulp-literary magazine for African writing.