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The Granta Book of the African Short Story by [Habila, Helon]
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'A timely anthology of short stories [that] reveals the strength of contemporary African fiction'Ruth Franklin, "Prospect" (01/09/11) 'Granta's continuing energy and brio make it shine among publishers. Many of the writers deserve an audience beyond their national boundaries; Granta has manoeuvred itself into a unique position where it is the only publisher which not only can do this, but do it fantastically well. Helon Habila has made a good fist of an almost impossible task. The overall feel of this collection is big, brave and intricately interwoven ... There is a clutch of terrific stories here for almost every kind of reader' Chris Dolan, "Herald" (03/09/11) 'The majority of authors in the collection are lively and innovative and paint a good picture of emerging African talent ... Granta's new collection shows a generation of engaging and talented writers coming out of Africa. Habila suggests that with the spread of the internet across the continent in the past fifteen yea

A timely anthology of short stories [that] reveals the strength of contemporary African fiction. Ruth Franklin, "Prospect" (01/09/11)Granta's continuing energy and brio make it shine among publishers. Many of the writers deserve an audience beyond their national boundaries; Granta has manoeuvred itself into a unique position where it is the only publisher which not only can do this, but do it fantastically well. Helon Habila has made a good fist of an almost impossible task. The overall feel of this collection is big, brave and intricately interwoven ... There is a clutch of terrific stories here for almost every kind of reader. Chris Dolan, "Herald" (03/09/11) The majority of authors in the collection are lively and innovative and paint a good picture of emerging African talent ... Granta's new collection shows a generation of engaging and talented writers coming out of Africa. Habila suggests that with the spread of the internet across the continent in the past fifteen years, short fiction has found a new outlet for publication and will continue to gain exposure across the globe where previously it would never have done. Things can only get better, Habila hints, although to be honest they were pretty good to start with. Tom Little, "Think Africa Press "(06/09/11) The skill and sophistication of African authors is on display throughout this rich and rewarding book.Joan Smith, "The Times" (10/09/11) Brings together some of the most exciting voices from this generation of Afropolitans. Ellah Allfrey, "Daily Telegraph "Review (10/09/11) A sense of often painful transition echoes through these snapshots; as does a defiance in the face of all that can be thrown at these modern Africans. Siobhan Murphy, "Metro "Book of the Week (15/09/11)

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

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1457 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847082475
  • Publisher: Granta Books; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005INYTJM
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2016
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As a non-specialist reader, one of the joys of this impressive collection of 29 short stories by authors from 20 African countries selected by the Nigerian novelist and poet Helon Habila is his perceptive and fluent Introduction. In this he considers the position of the short story in African literature and explains the thinking behind his decision to order the stories from the youngest author [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, b. 1977, from Nigeria] to the oldest [the South African Alex La Guma, 1925-85].

The challenge remains an impossible one – ‘to gather together the stories of a continent that is larger than China, Europe, and the United States put together’.
I was only previously aware of Adichie, Olufemi Terry [from Sierra Leone, whose 2010 Caine Prize-winning short story ‘Stickfighting Days’ I had recently read], the Franco-Congolese Alain Mabanckou , Aminatta Forna [born in Scotland but raised in Sierra Leone], Alaa Al Aswany from Egypt and the Zanzibarean Abdulrazak Gurnah. A handful of stories are translated, from Arabic, French and Portuguese, by Piers Amodia, Raphael Cohen, Humphrey Davies, Polly McLean, Ronald W. Sousa and Stefan Tobler.

The book presents the ‘third [post-nationalist] generation of African writers, who, until now, have rarely been anthologised.’ For the editor ‘Africa's strength is not, contrary to what most people like to think, its homogeneity, but in its diversity of cultures and languages and religions and skin colours’. Habila does not focus on common themes across Africa, but provides examples of the varied themes and approaches that have emerged since independence and are of importance to postcolonial writers.

The stories are brief and the topics so diverse that I simply dipped into the compendium over a couple of weeks.
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The content of Africa has inspired so many epic novels and travel books that the short story genre has often been overlooked.

Granta have decided that this omission needs to be addressed, and have released this collection of short stories written by African authors. They are set primarily in Africa, but there are other stories set in different parts of the globe.

As with any collection there are the good, the bad and the indifferent. Some are really well written, others less so, but they all deal with issues that affect the African people, from unwanted pregnancies, living in the West, superstition religion and even a piece of speculative fiction set in pre war Berlin.

Overall not a bad collection, and a good starting point for those wishing to discover the literature that Africa has to offer.
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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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