An Elegy for Easterly: Stories
The title gives a clue to what's in store. "Elegy" is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "A song of lamentation, esp. a funeral song or lament for ...more
From BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Reading:
Our Man in Geneva Wins a Million Euros is the next selected story from An Elegy for Easterly, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah's debut collection and winner of the Guardian First Book Award for 2009. Today an embassy official posted to Geneva sets out to claim his lottery winnings. Each of the three stories selected from
An Elegy For Easterly are acutely observed, powerful and poignant. They are populated by characters struggling to live in Mugabe's Z...more
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The stories knit together as a coherent whole. The different characters telling their stories from their personal experience allows layers of the social structures of corruption to be explored from the pla ...more
The best short stories are the ones that tease you. Just when you’re about to take another bite, that is the end of the story. There are some I wished would have lasted ...more
Petina Gappah is an author who I followed online long before I read an actual book by her – she has a fantastic blog and a biting sense of humor. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe, and has a background in law (if I remember correctly). Also, according to her Blogspot profile, she’s currently working on a novel. This makes me happy.
Back to the beautiful stories. Gappah’s characters hai ...more
From the perspective of a satisfying array of characters Mugabe's Zimbabwe is depicted with equal measures of tenderness and bitter irony. Misogyny, political hypocrisy, AIDS, mental health, the poverty caused by crippling inflation are all subtly evoked in these well crafted stories.
The eleg ...more
Ugh!!!! Cancelled again!!!!
It was indeed ok (should I have given it two stars? I hate how this rating system is skewed! 'Ok' should be the middle category). The stories were interesting, although none of them imprinted upon me too deeply. They began to blur together after a while as the pages whisked by. Many reviews I've come across note that these stories contain basic human truths, despite the tragic s ...more
Both works deal with issues faced by Zimbabweans, including the ongoing hyper-inflation and life under president Robert Mugabe's regime. Lee Brackstone, publishing director for fiction at Faber in the ...more
This may be fiction, but it mirrors so closely what is really ...more