African Short Stories

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Overview

A selection of the best African stories written between 1960 and 1985.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"'A fine anthology, well selected, well ordered, and altogether a pleasure to read. The editors have chosen twenty stories by twenty different writers from all over Africa, grouping them geographically into four different sections: West, East, North and Southern Africa... They have done a particularly good job of balancing the work of lesser-known, younger writers with established figures: David Owoyele as well as Adhebe, Abdulrzak Gurnah as well as Ngugi, Ahmed Essop as well as Nadine Gordimer and Bessie Head.'"
World Literature Today

"'There is indeed wonderful writing in the collection'."
New York Literary Supplement

"'A highly recommended book for teachers to use as an introduction (a) to the short story and (b) to Africa.'"
The Times Educational Supplement, Edward Blishen

"'...African Short Stories is a worthy showcase of recent African writing...""
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435905361
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/31/1988
  • Series: African Writers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Chinua Achebe was born in 1930 in the village of Ogidi in Eastern Nigeria. After studying medicine and literature at the University of Ibadan, he went to work for the Nigerian broadcasting company in Lagos. Things Fall Apart, his first novel was published in 1958. It sold over 2,000,000 copies, and has been translated into 30 languages. It was followed by No Longer at Ease, then Arrow of God (which won the first New Statesman Jock Campbell Prize), then A Man of the People (a novel dealing with post-independence Nigeria). Achebe has also written short stories and children's books, and Beware Soul Brother, a book of his poetry, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1972.Achebe has been at the Universities of Nigeria, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and among the many honours he has received are the award of a Fellowship of the Modern Language Association of America, and doctorates from the Universities of Stirling, Southampton and Kent. He followed Heinrich Boll, the Nobel prizewinner, as the second recipient of the Scottish Art's Council Neil Gunn Fellowship. In 1987, he was recognised in Nigeria with the Nigerian National Merit Award - the country's highest award for intellectual achievement.
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Table of Contents

**********West Africa**********

The False Prophet - Sembene Ousmane

Certain Winds from the South - Ama Ata Aidoo

The Apprentice - Odun Balogun

The Will of Allah - David Owoyele

Civil Peace - Chinua Achebe

**********East Africa**********

The Gentlemen of the Jungle - Jomo Kenyatta

The Green Leaves - Grace Ogot

Bossy - Abdulrazak Gurnah

The Spider's Web - Leonard Kibera

Minutes of Glory - Ngugi we Thiong'o

**********Northern Africa**********

An Incident in the Ghobashi Household - Alifa Rifaat

A Handful of Dates - Tayeb Salih

A Conversation from the Third Floor - Mohammed El-Bisatie

**********Southern Africa**********

Papa, Snake & I - B. L. Honwana

The Bridegroom - Nadine Gordimer

The Betrayal - Ahmed Essop

Protista - Dambudzo Marechera

The Coffee-Cart Girl - Ezekiel Mphahlele

Snapshots of a Wedding - Bessie Head

Reflections in a Cell - Mafika Gwala

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