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Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing Paperback - 2009

by Rob Spillman (Editor)

A one-of-a-kind collection showcasing the energy of newAfrican literature

Coming at a time when Africa and African writers arein the midst of a remarkable renaissance, Gods and Soldiers capturesthe vitality and urgency of African writing today. With storiesfrom northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers,this collection conveys thirty different ways of approaching what itmeans to be African. Whether about life in the new urban meltingpots of Cape Town and Luanda, or amid the battlefield chaos ofZimbabwe and Somalia, or set in the imaginary surreal landscapesborn out of the oral storytelling tradition, these stories represent astriking cross section of extraordinary writing. Including works byJ. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, BinyavangaWainaina, and Chinua Achebe, and edited by Rob Spillman of TinHouse magazine, Gods and Soldiers features many pieces neverbefore published, making it a vibrant and essential glimpse of Africaas it enters the twenty-first century.


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A one-of-a-kind collection showcasing the energy of new African literature

Coming at a time when Africa and African writers are in the midst of a remarkable renaissance, Gods and Soldiers captures the vitality and urgency of African writing today. With stories from northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, this collection conveys thirty different ways of approaching what it means to be African. Whether about life in the new urban melting pots of Cape Town and Luanda, or amid the battlefield chaos of Zimbabwe and Somalia, or set in the imaginary surreal landscapes born out of the oral storytelling tradition, these stories represent a striking cross section of extraordinary writing. Including works by J. M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Chinua Achebe, and edited by Rob Spillman of Tin House magazine, Gods and Soldiers features many pieces never before published, making it a vibrant and essential glimpse of Africa as it enters the twenty-first century.

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  • Title Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing
  • Author Rob Spillman (Editor)
  • Binding Paperback
  • Pages 368
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Penguin Books, New York
  • Date 2009-04-01
  • Features Bibliography, Price on Product - Canadian, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9780143114734 / 0143114735
  • Weight 0.68 lbs (0.31 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.4 x 5.52 x 0.86 in (21.34 x 14.02 x 2.18 cm)
  • Ages 18 to UP years
  • Grade levels 13 - UP
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 20th Century
    • Catalog Heading: Language Arts/Literature
    • Cultural Region: African
    • Curriculum Strand: Language Arts/Literature
  • Library of Congress subjects African literature - 20th century -, African literature (English) - 20th century
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2008038434
  • Dewey Decimal Code 808.899

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Citations

  • Booklist, 04/15/2009, Page 15
  • Essence, 06/01/2009, Page 52
  • Library Journal, 04/15/2009, Page 91
  • Publishers Weekly, 03/23/2009, Page 48
  • Vanity Fair, 08/01/2009, Page 62

About the author

Rob Spillman is the editor of the literary magazine Tin House, and executive editor of Tin House Books. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Spin, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, and many other publications, as well as in a literary blog for the Huffington Post. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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