Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing

A exceptional assortment showcasing the strength of recent African literature

Coming at a time while Africa and African writers are in the middle of a amazing renaissance, Gods and Soldiers captures the power and urgency of African writing this present day. With tales from northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, this assortment conveys thirty alternative ways of drawing close what it skill to be African. no matter if approximately existence within the new city melting pots of Cape city and Luanda, or amid the battlefield chaos of Zimbabwe and Somalia, or set within the imaginary surreal landscapes born out of the oral storytelling culture, those tales signify a amazing pass component to outstanding writing. together with works by way of J. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Chinua Achebe, and edited via Rob Spillman of Tin House journal, Gods and Soldiers positive factors many items by no means ahead of released, making it a colourful and crucial glimpse of Africa because it enters the twenty-first century.

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