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Gods And Soldiers : The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing

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A one-of-a-kind collection showcasing the energy of new African literature Coming 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 collection 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 section 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 0143114735
  • 9780143114734
  • 1,067,615

About Rob Spillman

Rob Spillman is the editor of the literary magazine Tin House, and executive editor of Tin House Books. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Spin, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, and many other publications, as well as in a literary blog for the Huffington Post. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction by Rob Spillman
Map of Africa
West Africa



Nonfiction

Chinua Achebe ♦ Nigeria
"The African Writer and the English Language"


Fiction


Helon Habila ♦ Nigeria
"Lomba"


Mohammed Naseehu Ali ♦ Ghana
"The Manhood Test"


Chris Abani ♦ Nigeria
from Becoming Abigail


E. C. Osondu ♦ Nigeria
"Voice of America"


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ♦ Nigeria
from Half of a Yelllow Sun


Francophone Africa



Nonfiction

Patrice Nganang ♦ Cameroon
"The Senghor Complex"


Fiction


Alain Mabanckou ♦Republic of Congo
from Broken Glass


Fatou Diome ♦ Senegal
from The Belly of the Atlantic


Boubacar Boris Diop ♦ Senegal
from Murambi, The Book of Bones


North Africa



Nonfiction

Laila Lalami ♦ Morocco
"The Politics of Reading"


Fiction


Nawal El Saadawi ♦ Egypt
from Woman at Point Zero


Mohamed Magani ♦ Algeria
from The Butcher's Aesthetic


Aziz Chouaki ♦ Algeria
from The Star of Algiers


Leila Aboulela ♦ Sudan
"Souvenirs"


East Africa



Nonfiction

Binyavanga Wainaina ♦ Kenya
from Discovering Home


Fiction


Ngugi wa Thiong'o ♦ Kenya
from Wizard of the Crow


Doreen Baingana ♦ Uganda
"Christianity Killed the Cat"


Nuruddin Farah ♦ Somalia
from Knots


Abdourahman A. Waberi ♦ Djibouti
from The United States of Africa


Former Portuguese Colonies



Nonfiction

Mia Couto ♦ Mozambique
"Languages We Don't Know We Know"


Fiction


Ondjaki ♦ Angola
"Dragonfly"


Jose Eduardo Agualusa ♦ Angola
from The Book of Chameleons


Southern Africa



Nonfiction

J. M. Coetzee ♦ South Africa
"The Memoirs of Breyten Breytenbach"


Fiction


Yvonne Vera ♦ Zimbabwe
"Dead Swimmers"


Niq Mhlongo ♦ South Africa
from Dog Eat Dog


Nadine Gordimer ♦ South Africa
"A Beneficiary"


Marlene van Niekerk ♦ South Africa
from Agaat


Zakes Mda ♦ South Africa
from Ways of Dying


Ivan Vladislavic ♦ South Africa
"The WHITES ONLY Bench"


Biographical Notes
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