A exceptional assortment showcasing the power of recent African literature
Coming at a time whilst Africa and African writers are in the middle of a outstanding renaissance, Gods and Soldiers captures the energy 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 ability 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 signify a impressive pass portion of impressive writing. together with works through J. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Chinua Achebe, and edited by means of Rob Spillman of Tin House journal, Gods and Soldiers positive factors many items by no means ahead of released, making it a colourful and crucial glimpse of Africa because it enters the twenty-first century.
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