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Presenting a various and stunning assortment from everywhere in the continent, from Morocco to Zimbabwe, Uganda to Kenya. Helon Habila specializes in more youthful, more recent writers - contrasted with a few of their older, extra tested friends - to provide a desirable photograph of a brand new and extra liberated Africa.
These writers are characterised by means of their engagement with the broader international and the possibilities provided by way of the top of apartheid, the top of civil wars and dictatorships, and the chances of loose move. Their paintings is galvanized via commute and exile. they're liberated, international and expansive. As Dambudzo Marechera wrote: 'If you are a author for a selected kingdom or particular race, then f*** you." those are the tales of a brand new Africa, punchy, self-confident and defiant.
Includes tales by means of: Fatou Diome; Aminatta Forna; Manuel Rui; Patrice Nganang; Leila Aboulela; Zoë Wicomb; Alaa Al Aswany; Doreen Baingana; E.C. Osondu.

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