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Helon Habila
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6 Sep 2012
Presenting a diverse and dazzling collection from all over the continent - from Morocco to Zimbabwe, Uganda to Kenya - Helon Habila focuses on younger, newer writers - contrasted with some of their older, more established peers - to give a fascinating picture of a new and more liberated Africa. These writers are characterized by their engagement with the wider world and the opportunities offered by the end of apartheid, the end of civil wars and dictatorships, and the possibilities of free movement around the world. Their work is inspired by travel and exile. They are liberated, global and expansive. As Dambudzo Marechera wrote: 'If you're a writer for a specific nation or specific race, then f*** you." These are the stories of a new Africa, punchy, self-confident and defiant. Includes stories by: Fatou Diome; Aminatta Forna; Manuel Rui; Patrice Nganang; Leila Aboulela; Zoe Wicomb; Alaa Al Aswany; Doreen Baingana; E.C. Osondu.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; Reprint edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847083331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847083333
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henrietta Rose-Innes is a South African writer based in Cape Town. Her novel 'Nineveh' came out in 2011 and has been shortlisted for the M-Net Literary Award and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. She's previously published a collection of short stories, 'Homing', and two novels: 'Shark's Egg' and 'The Rock Alphabet', as well as a South African miscellany, 'Nice Times!' In 2012 her story 'Sanctuary' came second in the BBC International Short Story Prize. In 2008 she won the Caine Prize for African Writing, for which she was shortlisted in 2007. Also in 2007, she was awarded the 2007 South African PEN award for her short story, 'Poison'.

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The skill and sophistication of African authors is on display throughout this rich and rewarding book - Joan Smith, The Times Brings together some of the most exciting voices from this generation - Daily Telegraph It is an anthology about the agonies of love and war, about family, about longing for home, about transplantation in unaccustomed earth ... The Granta Book of the African Short Story shows, wherever and by whomever they are published, Africa has writers of depth and talent with a multitude of stories as diverse as the continent's countries, cultures and peoples - Petina Gappah, Financial Times From Morocco to Namibia, this nutritious harvest of 29 tales spans a tumultuous continent with selections from many of its finest modern writers. These stories of hardship, of adventure and survival, defy easy generalisations but prove that fiction thrives from Casablanca to the Cape - Independent Habila has gathered together many of the biggest names around, including six writers in translation, as well as many authors one expects to hear more of in the future. This book is a landmark, a historic record and, most of all, a celebration of what has been an unprecedented decade for African fiction - Guardian

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Helon Habila was born in Nigeria. He has published three novels, Waiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time (2007) and Oil on Water (2010). Winner of the Caine Prize 2001, and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2003, Habila currently teaches Creative Writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he lives with his family.

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From the shores of the river Nile to the hallowed halls of Oxford, taking in sultry nights in the island of Mombasa and the fast-moving streets of America, these are stories of life, love, death and everything else in between. They will entertain, inform and challenge you. The different writing styles, subject matter and characters are well balanced and arranged to provide a wonderful reading experience. African writers have truly come into their own. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit mixed 28 July 2013
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Not a bad book but it's a bit mixed. The stories are written by different authors so some are bound to be more absorbing than others. Quite interesting if you want a bit of insight into modern-day Africa but I wonder how true a depiction they are. The one story that reflected an element of cynicism and the 'playing of a part' to appease the expectations of Western tourists was also one of the least interesting tales, despite having a more relevant message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 28 May 2013
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This is an amazing collection of short stories. For me this was quite an eye opener to discover so many great writers. And there are stories expressed to suit most people's tastes. A good read especially if you are short on time. Why not read one as you wait for the train - or in that delayed flight queue?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing 30 Jan 2013
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Wonderfully written, varied short stories by African writers - would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to explore outside the beaten track
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures of Africa 18 Jan 2013
By Banasam
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A really lovely selection of stories from the continent, all varied and interesting. A worthwhile buy for for anyone who is a fan of short stories.
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