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The Granta Book of the African Short Story

by Helon Habila (Editor)

Other authors: Leila Aboulela (Contributor), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Contributor), Uwem Akpan (Contributor), Alaa Al Aswany (Contributor), Doreen Baingana (Contributor)24 more, Brian Chikwava (Contributor), George Makana Clark (Contributor), Fatou Diome (Contributor), Rachida el-Charni (Contributor), Mansoura Ez-Eldin (Contributor), Aminatta Forna (Contributor), Abdulrazak Gurnah (Contributor), Milly Jafta (Contributor), Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa (Contributor), Alex La Guma (Contributor), Laila Lalami (Contributor), Camara Laye (Contributor), Alain Mabanckou (Contributor), Dambudzo Marechera (Contributor), Maaza Mengiste (Contributor), Patrice Nganang (Contributor), EC Osondu (Contributor), Henrietta Rose-Innes (Contributor), Manuel Rui (Contributor), Olufemi Terry (Contributor), Yvonne Vera (Contributor), Ivan Vladislavić (Contributor), Binyavanga Wainaina (Contributor), Zoe Wicomb (Contributor)

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Twenty nine short stories from various African authors, all with a style and a tale of their own. Some were written in English and others have been translated. Some look at contemporary life in Africa or as an emigrant; others look back to other times; male; female; life and death - there is a vast range of stories. I can say that they weren't all memorable to me but I am sure that there is something for everyone in this collection. ( )
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Habila, HelonEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aboulela, LeilaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adichie, Chimamanda NgoziContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Akpan, UwemContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Al Aswany, AlaaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baingana, DoreenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chikwava, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, George MakanaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Diome, FatouContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
el-Charni, RachidaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ez-Eldin, MansouraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Forna, AminattaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gurnah, AbdulrazakContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jafta, MillyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Khosa, Ungulani Ba KaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
La Guma, AlexContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lalami, LailaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Laye, CamaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mabanckou, AlainContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marechera, DambudzoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mengiste, MaazaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nganang, PatriceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Osondu, ECContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rose-Innes, HenriettaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rui, ManuelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Terry, OlufemiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vera, YvonneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vladislavić, IvanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wainaina, BinyavangaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wicomb, ZoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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I often attend lectures and conferences where some distinguished speaker will give a talk on African literature that, to my disappointment, if not surprise, begins and ends with Things Fall Apart, as if nothing has been written in Africa since 1958.
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The Granta Book of the African Short Story introduces a group of African writers described by its editor, Helon Habila, as 'the post-nationalist generation'. Introducing a diverse and dazzling collection from all over the continent - from Morocco to Zimbabwe, Uganda to Kenya - Habila has focused on younger, newer writers, interspersed with some of their older, more established peers, to give a fascinating picture of a new and more liberated Africa. Disdaining the narrowly nationalist and political preoccupations of previous generations, these writers are characterized by their engagement with the wider world and the opportunities offered by the internet, the end of apartheid, the end of civil wars and dictatorships, and the possibilities of free movement around the world. Many of them live outside Africa. Their work is inspired by travel and exile. They are liberated, global and expansive. As Dambudzo Marechera wrote: "If you write for a particular nation, or tribe, then f*** you." These are the stories of a new Africa, punchy, self-confident and defiant. Final selection includes: Rachida El Charni; Henrietta Rose-Innes; George Makana Clarke; Ivan Vladislavik; Mansoura Ez Eldin; Rogerio Mandjate; Aminatta Forna; Igoni Barrett; Patrice Nganang; Leila Aboulela; Petina Gappah; Ala Al-Aswany; Doreen Baingana; EC Osondu Other writers that may appear include: Olufemi Terry; Abdourahman Waberi; Alain Mabanckou; Veronique Tadjo; Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa; Jean-Luc Raharimanana; Leila Lalami; Milly Jafta; Manuel Rui; Uwem Akpan; Chimamanda Adichie; Zoe Wicombe; Phaswane Mpe; Diane Awerbuck; Ondjaki; Dambudzo Marechera; Camara Laye; Alex La Guma; Brian Chakwava; Ala Al-Aswany; Tahar Ben Jelloum; Yvonne Vera; Monica Arac; Abdulrazak Gurnah; Niq Mhlongo; Fatou Diome; Biyi Bandele; Ben Okri; Tayeb Salih.… (more)

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