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A unique assortment showcasing the power of recent African literature

Coming at a time while Africa and African writers are in the middle of a outstanding renaissance, Gods and Soldiers captures the power and urgency of African writing this day. With tales from northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, this assortment conveys thirty other ways of imminent what it ability to be African. even 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 impressive move component to awesome writing. together with works via J. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Chinua Achebe, and edited by way of Rob Spillman of Tin House journal, Gods and Soldiers positive aspects many items by no means earlier than released, making it a colourful and crucial glimpse of Africa because it enters the twenty-first century.

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