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Peter ABRAHAMS

Mine Boy

Xuma faces the complexities of urban life in Johannesburg. This was one of the first books to draw attention to the condition of black South Africans under apartheid.

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Evelyne ACCAD

Wounding Words

Poetical and powerful, Wounding Words is a vivid autobiographical exploration of women's issues in the political turmoil of contemporary Tunisia. The personal her is very much the political. Hayate is Lebanese, living and working for a year in Tunisia; she meets women who realize that there is more to breaking the bonds of traditional strictures than high-flown rhetoric. There are also practical considerations--how can a wife who has been abandoned by her husband support herself and an ill daughter on 50 dinars a month? This is the reality of their lives, and their struggle is to find a way to make the dream fit into the reality. Above all, this book is aobut the stunning revelation that feminism is the radical notion that women are human.

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Chinua ACHEBE

Beware Soul Brother

Commonwealth Poetry Prize 1972

Chinua Achebe is best known as a novelist but the civil war in Nigeria was not a time for writing full-length books. He found poetry a means of expressing his distress, even though few of the poems speak directly of the war.

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Things Fall Apart coverThings Fall Apart -new expanded edition

Part of the Classics in Context Series

"Things Fall Apart has become the most famous novel written in English by an African"
--Donald Herdeck, African Authors

Chinua Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in human terms. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought by British colonial rule. Yet as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's downfall results from his own character as well as from external challenges.

"Achebe is the man who invented African literature because he was able to show ... that the future of African writing did not lie in simple imitation of European forms but in the fusion of such forms with oral traditions"
--from the literary introduction by Simon Gikandi

This expanded edition includes new illustrations, maps, additional essays on history, culture, and literature, and reference material to place Achebe's classic in its social and historical context, and to understand its place in world literature.

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Edited by Chinua ACHEBE and Lynn INNES

The Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories

This anthology represents the variety, talent and scope to be found in contemporary African writing. Kojo Laing and Mia Couto's magical realism contrast powerfully with the styles of Nadine Gordimer, Ben Okri, and Moyez Vassanji.

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African Short Stories

"This collection of 20 stories forms an invaluable introduction to the wealth of short fiction currently being written in Africa...Highly recommended for both African and short story collections."

-- Library Journal

"...a useful vantage point from which to remind ourselves of the importance of the [African Writers] series."

-- The New York Times Book Review

Chinua Achebe has joined with C.L. Innes, co-editor of Okike, to select stories of excellence from the writings of the last twenty-five years. While many of the established names such as Sembene Ousmane, Ngugi, and Bessie Head are to be found, the collection is refreshing for the inclusion of work by the wide range of writers who have made the emerging field of African fiction something to follow.

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Thomas AKARE

The Slums

Eddie and his friend Hussein make a living of a kind washing cars in the slums of Nairobi. And because the big people come to Majengo to have their cars washed, Eddy is taken up and taken out to the other Nairobi by the attractive Zakia. Thomas Akare is a writer who speaks from the center of the slums. His picture is hard, realistic, and unsentimental.

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Amechi AKWANYA

Orimili

Orimili takes his name from the great river that flows through his hometown of Kokocha -- but while the river flows on to the wider world beyond, Orimili is anchored to his home, and yearns to strengthen those ties further. His ambition is to be accepted in the company of elders, to wear the thick white thread of office around his ankle.

In this first novel, Amechi Akwanya has created a complex community at the point of irrevocable change. With masterly precision and acute insight he delineates the forces that animate human relationships -- that bind them and destroy them, and define society.

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Elechi AMADI

The Concubine

"Mr. Amadi writes with...shapeliness and exhilaration ...a lovely and dignified picture of a society, not only still ruled by gods, but governed by a great delicacy in human relationships, full of respect for others."

--The Guardian

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The Great Ponds

"On the evidence of this second novel, Elechi Amadi is a very clever writer indeed ...His story tells of the ruinous feud between two villages in Eastern Nigeria...if there is something of Homer and Virgil in the physical descriptions of battles and parlays...there is still more in the powerful sense of what it is like to be ruled by supernatural forces."

-- The Spectator

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Ayi Kwei ARMAH

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born

A railway freight clerk in Ghana tries to hold out against the pressures both in his family and his country which impel him towards corruption.

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Bediako ASARE

Rebel

An exciting story of a man's struggle against a conservative fetishist priest to bring a better life to his people. It is set on an island off East Africa, though written by a Ghanaian.

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