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Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa
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Short Story Day Africa presents its annual anthology. The stories explore true and alternative African culture through a competition on the theme of Migration. This is the fourth in the SSDA collection of anthologies which aim to break the one-dimensional view of African story telling and fiction writing. These are fresh urgent perspectives on one of our most profound phen ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by New Internationalist
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I’ve recently made a resolution to read much more local and continental fiction, because there is just so much incredible content out there. For some reason a lot of us have internalised the warped idea that international is somehow better, and that what is produced locally cannot measure up – which is simply untrue. There’s also perhaps the stereotype that African literature is all about war and poverty and race, interspersed with a few appearances by lions, but again – a patently false assumpt ...more
I like short stories; they feel a bit like books without the time commitment, and I'm challenging myself to read more books from non-anglo cultures, so finding this book in the library worked out quite well for me. This collection had a lot more variety than most anthologies I've read, probably because it was the result of a writing competition, rather than written around a ~theme~. My favourites were "Diaspora Electronica", "The Castle", and "The Impossibility of Home".
Great short stories from Africa, flowing from her fountain of lush story telling, snaking through, shading lights of hopeful singsong, sparkling fresh and daring, tasteful and powerful. You know what? Art is beauty. Beauty is life. Life is a story, a book, a book of stories. Lovely anthology, this is.