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Ction of extraordinary writing Including works by J M Coetzee Chimamanda Adichie Nuruddin Farah Binyavanga Wainaina and Chinua Achebe and edited by Rob Spillman of Tin House magazine Gods and Soldiers features many pieces never before published making it a vibrant and essential glimpse of Africa as it enters the twenty first century Really interesting pieces range from philosophical to literary adventure to the mundanity of everyday life funny to sad as hell All around good read

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Gods and Soldiers The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing Penguin USA

Ion conveys thirty different ways of approaching what it means to be African Whether about life in the new urban melting pots of Cape Town and Luanda or amid the battlefield chaos of Zimbabwe and Somalia or set in the imaginary surreal landscapes born out of the oral storytelling tradition these stories represent a striking cross se Rating should say really like it not past tense because I think it s an excellent collection of stories essays and excerpts from longer works but haven t read all of it Not a chance it can begin to cover Africa yet it offers vivid glimpses of the continent and contemporary life there that help to correct stereotypes both old and new Having said that I confess that I haven t read all the short stories since I can t seem to make myself like that form Not even by author s I like in The New Yorker But if you like short stories you re in for a treat here

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A one of a kind collection showcasing the energy of new African literatureComing at a time when Africa and African writers are in the midst of a remarkable renaissance Gods and Soldiers captures the vitality and urgency of African writing today With stories from northern Arabic speaking to southern Zulu speaking writers this collect Great little introduction into the diverse writers of the content Deffo deffo recommend Well structured and balanced between well known writers like Chinua Achebe Chimamanda and JM Coetzee with fresh new writers some of which published for the first time in this book Every single story or essay reflects the complex fabrics that make up the African nation Beautifully put together Oh and I particularly loved the essay by Mia Couto I look forward to reading of his work


10 thoughts on “Gods and Soldiers The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing Penguin USA

  1. says:

    Great little introduction into the diverse writers of the content Deffo deffo recommend Well structured and balanced between well known writers

  2. says:

    Came across this while getting ready to move We get all sorts of books due to the nature of the job Many are duds but sometimes we get a gem I'd put this in the latter category This is an anthology of contemporary African writing ranging from short stories and essays to snippets from longer works Works include

  3. says:

    What interested me the most is that I was drawn to certain regions with Western and Northern particularly drawing my interesta good primer

  4. says:

    An anthology of nonfiction short stories and chapters from novels written in Africa mostly in the past fifteen or twenty years This i

  5. says:

    Rating should say really like it not past tense because I think it's an excellent collection of stories essays and excerpts from longer works but haven't read all of it Not a chance it can begin to cover Africa yet it offers vivid glimpses of the continent and contemporary life there that help to correct stereotypes both old and ne

  6. says:

    An excellent collection I didn't love all the pieces eually but appreciated the diversity of voices and the bits of insight into African experiences A terrific introduction to a group of writers with varied and interesting literary approaches

  7. says:

    A fantastic collection of about 30 short stories from African authors all around the world I definitely will return to this to search for the full titles by many of these amazing writers

  8. says:

    Really interesting; pieces range from philosophical to literary adventure to the mundanity of everyday life funny to sad as hell All around good read

  9. says:

    Angola Dragonfly by OndjakiSunday was for the doctor a deeply personal word a wellspringPeople will be crazy or sanewhen they want everything to become musicCameroon The Senghor Complex by Patrice NganangI always

  10. says:

    I've never read an 'anthology like this before A few of the selections were excellent and interesting and I liked almost everything in the 'West Africa' section I really struggled with the stuff in the second half of the book The fiction that is just a selection from a longer work was hard for me to get interested in Overall it was worth the effort I'm probably a typical American in my gross ignorance of African history and culture so this

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