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Under African Skies: Modern African Stories

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Spanning a wide geographical range, this collection features many of the now prominent first generation of African writers and draws attention to a new generation of writers. Powerful, intriguing and essentially non-Western, these stories will be welcome by an audience truly ready for multicultural voices.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 5th 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published August 1st 1997)
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Friederike Knabe
The talent of story telling is widespread in Africa. Oral history is part of the makeup of the multitude of societies that have evolved in Africa over millennia. Through colonial times the traditions of story telling has continued, preserving the rich culture and history of the communities. Published works of African writers were small in numbers in comparison to other continents and literary training the privilege of very few. With the wave of African countries' independence, the situation of A ...more
Shayna
Charles Larson was an English professor of mine and this anthology is phenomenal. I'm not just saying that because he made us read it. After reading this story, I enthusiastically began searching for other African writers and became enthralled in their stories.
Wangui
I always think one of the best ways to be introduced to new writers especially from different African countries is to read anthologies. One of my long time loves has been Looking for A Rain God and Other Short Stories from Africa. This anthology was longer than Looking for a Rain God- 26 stories- and had a greater geographical span. There were stories from countries I have never read from before such as Liberia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Lesotho and Malawi. The points of view of the sto ...more
D
Like any collection, some of these stories were good (Mrs. Plum by Es'kia Mphahlele especially stands out) and some were mediocre. As a collection, though, I was still a bit disappointed. When reading these stories, and especially the editor's introduction and notes, you get the impression that African writers are supposed to write about tradition, social change, corruption, war, and injustice. In short, these stories are largely pidgeon-holed into writing about the topics that African writers a ...more
Micki
Under African Skies is a collection of short stories written by African authors. The stories vary greatly in style and content, but paint a vivid picture of various African lifestyles. The book includes folklore, memoirs, and fiction that depict the ideals, dreams, and devastation experienced by different Africans at different periods of history. Thought-provoking and insightful. Recommended to mature readers.
Casey
Though I didn't adore all the stories in the collection, some were just phenomenal. I rarely see short stories from African writers, so this was a great introduction.
Alison
I loved most of these stories, just wish that I could understand them better.
Judy
This is a good introduction to wonderful African writers.
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