A exclusive assortment showcasing the strength of latest African literature
Coming at a time whilst Africa and African writers are in the course of a awesome renaissance, Gods and Soldiers captures the power and urgency of African writing this day. With tales from northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, this assortment conveys thirty alternative ways of imminent what it potential to be African. no matter if approximately lifestyles within the new city melting pots of Cape city and Luanda, or amid the battlefield chaos of Zimbabwe and Somalia, or set within the imaginary surreal landscapes born out of the oral storytelling culture, those tales symbolize a remarkable go part of notable writing. together with works through J. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Chinua Achebe, and edited by way of Rob Spillman of Tin House journal, Gods and Soldiers good points many items by no means sooner than released, making it a colourful and crucial glimpse of Africa because it enters the twenty-first century.
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