Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing

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Rob Spillman
Penguin, Apr 1, 2009 - Literary Collections - 368 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

CHINUA ACHEBE
HELON HABILA
MOHAMMED NASEEHU ALI
CHRIS ABANI
E C OSONDU
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
PATRICE NGANANG
ALAIN MABANCKOU
BINYAVANGA WAINAINA
NGŪGĪ WA THIONGO
DOREEN BAINGANA
NURUDDIN FARAH
ABDOURAHMAN A WABERI
MIA COUTO
ONDJAKI
JOSÉ EDUARDO AGUALUSA

FATOU DIOME
BOUBACAR BORIS DIOP
LAILA LALAMI
NAWAL EL SAADAWI
MOHAMED MAGANI
AZIZ CHOUAKI
LEILA ABOULELA
J M COETZEE
YVONNE VERA
NIQ MHLONGO
NADINE GORDIMER
MARLENE VAN NIEKERK
ZAKES MDA
IVAN VLADISLAVIC

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ROB SPILLMAN is editor of the literary magazine" Tin House," executive editor of Tin House Books, and the founder of the Tin House Literary Festival, now in its fifth year. His writing has appeared in" Vanity Fair,"" Spin, "the" New York Times Book Review,"" Bookforum," and many other publications, and he also writes a literary blog for the" Huffington Post." He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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