Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing

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Rob Spillman
Penguin, 2009 - Literary Collections - 344 pages
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A one-of-a-kind collection showcasing the energy of new African literature

Coming at a time when Africa and African writers are in the midst of a remarkable renaissance, Gods and Soldiers captures the vitality and urgency of African writing today. With stories from northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, this collection conveys thirty different ways of approaching what it means to be African. Whether about life in the new urban melting pots of Cape Town and Luanda, or amid the battlefield chaos of Zimbabwe and Somalia, or set in the imaginary surreal landscapes born out of the oral storytelling tradition, these stories represent a striking cross section of extraordinary writing. Including works by J. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Chinua Achebe, and edited by Rob Spillman of Tin House magazine, Gods and Soldiers features many pieces never before published, making it a vibrant and essential glimpse of Africa as it enters the twenty-first century.

 

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Spillman (editor, Tin House magazine) writes that he realized a few years ago that he was witnessing an African literary renaissance. Here, he includes well-known authors (such as Chinua Achebe) and ... Read full review

Contents

I
xi
II
3
III
13
IV
35
V
55
VI
58
VII
67
VIII
87
XVII
190
XVIII
202
XIX
214
XX
225
XXI
233
XXII
242
XXIII
248
XXIV
259

IX
105
X
117
XI
128
XII
137
XIII
148
XIV
151
XV
157
XVI
175
XXV
272
XXVI
278
XXVII
286
XXVIII
302
XXIX
306
XXX
321
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Rob Spillman is editor and cofounder of Tin House, a bicoastal literary magazine, executive editor of Tin House Books, and cofounder of the Tin House Literary Festival. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, and Salon, among others.

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