From Africa: New Francophone Stories

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Adele King
U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - Literary Collections - 150 pages
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Out of French-speaking Africa, from Togo, Chad, C te d?Ivoire, Cameroon, Guinea, Congo, Rwanda, Djibouti, and Madagascar, comes the polyphony of new°voices aired in this volume. The collection brings together fourteen important contemporary authors with roots in sub-Saharan French Africa and Madagascar, a new generation now living in France or the United States, and introduces their remarkable work to readers of English. These writers? stories, unlike earlier African literature, seldom resemble traditional folk tales. Instead they are concerned with the postindependence world and reveal in their rich and complex depths the influence of modern European and American short-story traditions as well as the enduring reach of African myths and legends.

This gathering of gifted writers tenders modern versions of myths; nostalgia for childhood in Africa; relations between the sexes in contemporary Africa; continuing political problems; and the life of the African diaspora in France?all related in new and familiar ways, in innovative and traditional forms. Their work, most of it little known outside France and their native African countries, revises our understanding of the lingering effects of colonization even as it celebrates the complexity, exuberance, and tenacity of African culture.

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While this collection of short stories by contemporary authors is wide ranging in terms of style and also wide ranging in terms of content, I was generally likewarm in my response. The authors hail ... Read full review

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Good book. I read it in tandem with Chris Okoli’s Africans Cry for Help. That book sheds much needed light on the history and happenings of the African continent. With virtually all regions of the continent embroiled in some form of civil and economic strife — be it the events of the recent Arab Spring in the north, issues of apartheid in South Africa, civil war in Sudan, or the government corruption and despotism that plagues many African countries — Africans Cry for Help brings the reader the much needed history, perspective, and insights required to truly understand the issues that have become synonymous with Africa today.
Beyond providing an in-depth historical understanding of the European colonialism of the past and the economic colonialism of the present, Okoli exercises his airtight knowledge of the nuanced problems — as well as their origins and trappings — that define a modern Africa in crisis. The solid aforementioned foundations make his vision and proposals to remedy issues such as the lack of inter-African cooperation, tribalism, economic dependence, the African diaspora of the 1960s and 1970s, and the lack of support for African youths all the more compelling.
If you are in need of primer, or are looking to continue the conversation on African issues today, Chris Okoli’s Africans Cry for Help is a must read. He brings the understanding, insight and perspective that are essential to any book you will read to understand Africa and its future.

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About the author (2004)

Adele King is a professor emerita of French at Ball State University. She is the author of numerous books, including The Writings of Camara Laye and Rereading Camara Laye (Nebraska 2002).

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