A exclusive assortment showcasing the strength of recent African literature
Coming at a time while Africa and African writers are in the course of a notable renaissance, Gods and Soldiers captures the power and urgency of African writing at the present time. With tales from northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, this assortment conveys thirty other ways of imminent what it potential to be African. no matter if approximately existence 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 characterize a impressive pass portion of notable writing. together with works by way of J. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Chinua Achebe, and edited through Rob Spillman of Tin House journal, Gods and Soldiers positive aspects 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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