From Africa: New Francophone Stories

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Out of French-speaking Africa, from Togo, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Guinea, Congo, Rwanda, Djibouti, and Madagascar, comes the polyphony of new voices aired in this volume. The collection brings together fourteen important contemporary authors with roots in sub-Saharan French Africa and Madagascar, a new generation now living in France or the United States, and introduces their remarkable work to readers of English. These writers' stories, unlike earlier African literature, seldom resemble traditional folk ...
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Out of French-speaking Africa, from Togo, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Guinea, Congo, Rwanda, Djibouti, and Madagascar, comes the polyphony of new voices aired in this volume. The collection brings together fourteen important contemporary authors with roots in sub-Saharan French Africa and Madagascar, a new generation now living in France or the United States, and introduces their remarkable work to readers of English. These writers' stories, unlike earlier African literature, seldom resemble traditional folk tales. Instead they are concerned with the postindependence world and reveal in their rich and complex depths the influence of modern European and American short-story traditions as well as the enduring reach of African myths and legends. This gathering of gifted writers tenders modern versions of myths; nostalgia for childhood in Africa; relations between the sexes in contemporary Africa; continuing political problems; and the life of the African diaspora in France -- all related in new and familiar ways, in innovative and traditional forms. Their work, most of it little known outside France and their native African countries, revises our understanding of the lingering effects of colonization even as it celebrates the complexity, exuberance, and tenacity of African culture.
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Editorial Reviews

Women in French Studies - Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier
“Meticulous and context-sensitive editorial work. . . . One of the first anthologies of Francophone African short stories in translation, and the very first to focus on writers who lived abroad.”—Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, Women in French Studies
Women in French Studies

“Meticulous and context-sensitive editorial work. . . . One of the first anthologies of Francophone African short stories in translation, and the very first to focus on writers who lived abroad.”—Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, Women in French Studies

— Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier

Booklist

"These stories ultimately cover a much broader literary terrain than just Africa, and tap universal themes in refreshing ways. . . . This is a challenging and innovative selection, and public libraries would do well to consider it."

Booklist (starred review)

H-Net Reviews

"Inspired by and building on the rich anthologies of African short fiction like those edited by Chinua Achebe, Leila Sebbar, and Michel Le Bris, Adele King has brought to us a collection of passion, courage, and talent. . . . Like much of the rich and complex literature that comes to us from African authors, King''s anthology is powerful, graphic, and innovative. The stories of these engaged authors, whose personal and professional lives are inseparable from their work, project humanity and, with it, new meaning, onto the historical mirror."

—Lee Whitfield, H-Net Reviews

Women in French Studies

“Meticulous and context-sensitive editorial work. . . . One of the first anthologies of Francophone African short stories in translation, and the very first to focus on writers who lived abroad.”

—Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, Women in French Studies

Research in African Literatures

“It is a valiant move of King’s to have assembled her cluster of talents in the pithy, vulnerable short fiction form—and behold, the splintered, rootless diasporic experience is indeed depicted especially fittingly in these brief prose pieces.”

World Literature

“King’s collection of recent, competently translated short stories from Francophone Africa in From Africa confirms the plethora of new African talents.”

—Chantal Zabus, World Literature

H-Net Reviews - Lee Whitfield

"Inspired by and building on the rich anthologies of African short fiction like those edited by Chinua Achebe, Leila Sebbar, and Michel Le Bris, Adele King has brought to us a collection of passion, courage, and talent. . . . Like much of the rich and complex literature that comes to us from African authors, King's anthology is powerful, graphic, and innovative. The stories of these engaged authors, whose personal and professional lives are inseparable from their work, project humanity and, with it, new meaning, onto the historical mirror."—Lee Whitfield, H-Net Reviews
World Literature - Chantal Zabus

“King’s collection of recent, competently translated short stories from Francophone Africa in From Africa confirms the plethora of new African talents.”—Chantal Zabus, World Literature
Booklist

"These stories ultimately cover a much broader literary terrain than just Africa, and tap universal themes in refreshing ways. . . . This is a challenging and innovative selection, and public libraries would do well to consider it."—Booklist (starred review)
Research in African Literatures

“It is a valiant move of King’s to have assembled her cluster of talents in the pithy, vulnerable short fiction form—and behold, the splintered, rootless diasporic experience is indeed depicted especially fittingly in these brief prose pieces.”—Research in African Literatures
H-Net Reviews

"Inspired by and building on the rich anthologies of African short fiction like those edited by Chinua Achebe, Leila Sebbar, and Michel Le Bris, Adele King has brought to us a collection of passion, courage, and talent. . . . Like much of the rich and complex literature that comes to us from African authors, King's anthology is powerful, graphic, and innovative. The stories of these engaged authors, whose personal and professional lives are inseparable from their work, project humanity and, with it, new meaning, onto the historical mirror."—Lee Whitfield, H-Net Reviews

— Lee Whitfield

World Literature

“King’s collection of recent, competently translated short stories from Francophone Africa in From Africa confirms the plethora of new African talents.”—Chantal Zabus, World Literature

— Chantal Zabus

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803227583
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Adele King is a professor emerita of French at Ball State University. She is the author of numerous books, including The Writings of Camara Laye and Rereading Camara Laye (Nebraska 2002).
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 New Myths
A Woman and a Half 3
The Legend of Abla Pokou, Queen of the Baoule People 8
Pt. 2 Nostalgia for Childhood
A Fistful of Groundnuts 19
My Father's Lamp 29
Pt. 3 Modern Perspectives
The Spider's Fart 37
Babyface 48
The Labors of Ariana 70
Pt. 4 Politics
The Ballad of a Shipwreck 85
Fahavalo 93
Our Neighborhood Fool 97
A Hunting Scene as Observed by a Sentimental Photographer 105
Dead Girl Walking 110
Pt. 5 Outside Africa
Bessombe: Between Homeland and Exile 125
The Milka Cow 130
Bibliographical Essay 137
Contributors 141
Translators 145
Source Acknowledgments 149
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