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Africa39: New Writing from Africa south of…

Africa39: New Writing from Africa south of the Sahara

by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

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The collection mixes short stories and excerpts from novels by African authors. Some of the excerpts are from 'works in progress' rather than from published novels. While most of the selections were at least pretty good (and some were excellent), the excerpts make reading this collection an uneven experience - the stories have a certain closure to them, but for the most part, the excerpts don't. Authors that resonated for me in this short exposure included A. Igoni Barret (excerpt), Jackee Budesta Batanda (excerpt), Edwige-Renee Dro (story: the Professor), Tope Folerin (excerpt), Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (story: Echoes of Mirth), Stanley Onjezani Kenani (story: The Old Man and the Pub), and Lola Shoneyin (excerpt). So, I suppose the collection served its purpose, introducing me to a bunch of writers I hadn't known, and now I may someday buy their books. But, it's also a bit frustrating, since at least half my favorite selections left me hanging. ( )
1 vote bezoar44 | Mar 14, 2015 |
A collection of variable quality and style.

A full review is available on my blog: http://www.reluctantm.com/?p=2233 ( )
  reluctantm | Oct 3, 2014 |
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The Hay Festival brings its 39 Project to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to identify the most promising writing talents under the age of 40 from Sub-Saharan Africa and its diaspora. From the list of 39 writers chosen by the judges, editor Allfrey has selected stories, extracts from novels, and other writings, many never before published, to create a collection of some of the most varied and exciting new work in world literature.… (more)

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