Jambula Tree: A Selection of Works from the Caine Prize for African Writing

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New Internationalist, 2008 - Fiction - 229 pages
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Presenting an absorbing array of South African tales, this remarkable collection is headed by "Jambula Tree," winner of the 8th Annual Caine Prize--Africa's most prestigious literary accolade for a short story published in English. Complemented by the short-listed entries carefully selected by the Caine Prize judges, this collaboration of unique talent promotes voices as spiritual and distinct as the South African landscape itself. With a rich and honest narrative, these refreshingly contemporary stories hum with the multiplicity of a pan-African reality, providing raw and deeply affecting perspectives into a unique and ancient culture. 

 

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Contents

Introduction
6
Winner and Shortlist
8
Jambula Tree Winner
9
My Parents Bedroom
21
Jimmy Carters Eyes
41
Bad Places
49
Night Bus
57
Workshop Stories
72
The Lost Boy
131
Love is like Botswana Rain
141
The Boulder
149
Digitalis Lust
159
Harmattan Fires
167
Shortlist
174
Mallam Sile
175
For Honour
187

Night Commuter
73
Lost
81
Where You Came From
89
The Cost
97
Valley of Voices
105
Mrs Siros Harvest
113
First Time
121
Poison
199
The Day of the Surgical Colloquium Hosted by the Far East Rand Hospital
209
Cemetery of Life
219
Caine Prize Rules
229
About the New Internationalist
231
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Caine Prize Judges award the Caine Prize to a work (or a short story) by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. The 2008 judges included Jude Kelly, the artistic director of the Southbank Centre; Mark McMorris, a Jamaican poet and a professor of English; Hisham Matar, the Libyan author of In the Country of Men; Hannah Pool, an Eritrean-born journalist for the Guardian; and Jonty Driver, a South African poet, novelist, and lecturer.

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