The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories showcases the most innovative writing to arise from the continent. From internationally recognized authors such as Nigeria’s Ben Okri, to newcomer Leila Aboulela from Sudan, together the contributors offer compelling testimonies of life in the midst of historic upheaval. Rich, dense, and topical, this collection is an indispensable guide to the emerging canon of contemporary African fiction.
Contributors: Tayeb Salih, Henri Lopès, Luis Bernardo Honwana, Njabulo S. Ndebele, Olympe Bhely-Quenum, Sindiwe Magona, Charles Mungoshi, William (Bloke) Modisane, William Saidi, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Tololwa Marti Mollel, Nnadzie F. Inyama, Sembne Ousmane, Mohammed Berrada, Ali Deb, Mohamed Moulessehoul, I.N.C. Aniebo, Dambudzo Marechera, Ken Lipenga, Ibrahim Abdel Megid, Ndeley Mokoso, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Alifa Rifaat, Leila Aboulela, Milly Jafta, Ben Okri, Funso Aiyejina, Farida Karodia, Salwa Bakr, Gaele Sobott-Mogwe, Makuchi, Hama Tuma, Ossie O. Enekwe, Adewale Maja-Pearce.
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This collection, published in 2002, was the revised edition of a book that came out in 1994 under the title African Rhapsody: Short Stories from the Contemporary African Experience. It contained 34 short stories by as many writers from 19 African countries. The major regions of east, west, north and south were represented, broadly speaking, and Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa had a handful of stories each. Ethiopia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Kenya, Uganda and Ghana were the most populous countries whose writers weren't included.
The works were written between approximately 1951 and 1999, and most were from the 1980s and 90s. Two-thirds were published originally in English, with the remainder translated from Arabic, French and Portuguese. Nothing translated from indigenous Sub-Saharan languages was included, but that seems to be the norm in anthologies for this region read so far.
About half of the writers in the book were born after World War II. The earlier writers...
"The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories," edited by Nadezda Obradovic, brings together 34 stories from many parts of the continent. The copyright page notes that an earlier edition of the book was published under the title "African Rhapsody: Short Stories from the Contemporary African Experience" in 1994. The stories take up 369 pages of text, making for an average length of about 11 pages each; the longest story, Charles Mungoshi's "The Brother," is only 26 pages long. An illuminating foreword by Chinua Achebe gives some literary and historic context for the short story genre in Africa.
This is a rich, diverse collection. There are several selections by women writers. The editor has included both stories written in English and stories translated into English. The writers represent many African nations: Sudan, Mozambique, South Africa, Benin, Nigeria, Morocco, Ethiopia, and more. Among the many topics covered by the stories are economics, the supernatural, family...
This book is great. I bought it for a class requirement, but had I known this book existed I would have purchased it long before. I would highly recommend this book to increase one's awareness and sensitivity to the African culture.
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