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This collection draws together twenty-five stories selected from two ground breaking anthologies published by MaThoko Books, an imprint of Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) in South Africa. The first volume, Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction won the 26th Lambda Literary Award. In 2017 Queer Africa 2: New fiction added fresh material to the LGBTIQA+ literary

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Paul
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars
This is a collection of short stories; a compilation from two previous volumes. There are stories here from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Uganda amongst others. There are none from north of the Sahara, which is perhaps a weakness. One of the strengths is discovering a whole host of writers previously unknown to look out for in future. There are twenty-two stories here. In the introduction Chike Frankie Edozien makes some important points:
"African books - by
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Martha
Originally two separate volumes, Queer Africa and Queer Africa 2, this book contains 22 stories celebrating queer writers from across the continent, including Botswana, Uganda and South Africa.

In his introduction, Chike Frankie Edozien writes:
"African books - by Africans, for Africans - have broken through the walls of major markets in international publishing, reclaiming our narratives for generations to come...But while this was happening, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex
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Wesley
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was torn on my rating for this, but settled on 4/5 because 95% of this anthology is great and interesting. Each story has its distinct feel and it's really refreshing to read non-western queer stories. However the second to last story, "My Dad Forgot My Name?" by Victor Lewis, was very uncomfortable as it depicted an incestuous relationship between a son and his father. I feel like that story should come with a warning as it could be quite triggering for some people.
George K. Ilsley
As with many anthologies, some selections resonate more than others. Do you rate it based on your favourites or the pieces you skipped? I enjoyed the mostly African settings, because it is a treat to read these voices. Many pieces have a strong current of magic realism or a deconstructed narrative— both seem fairly typical in African storytelling. Other pieces are social realism— also typical of African narratives. To state the obvious: Africa contains multitudes.
Allyson Ferrari
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good collection! There were only a few stories that I felt meh about. There were stories that were full of pride, some where the characters were still figuring things out, and some where their country’s laws and taboos were sadly very apparent. I’d say it was a good taste of the diversity of the continent (which how could you confine to a collection of stories anyway?)
Laura
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very nice collection of queer African stories! Some I didn't like as much, but that was also the beauty of it, very diverse and interesting.
l.
It’s a nice collection. Jambula trees and Chebor’s Light were my favourites.
Christopher Jones
More really good reads than not so good , thoroughly enjoyed this compilation of stories ...more
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