African Rhapsody by Nadezda Obradovic

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An anthology of twenty-five short stories by the very best emerging and award-winning contemporary African writers illuminates modern-day concerns and realities of African life and features the writing of Ben Okri, Chinua Achebe, and others.

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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.
Published February 1, 1994 by Anchor. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Moroccan Mohammed Berrata’s “A Life in Details” sails out on this sadly noted example: “We return home to write down this life that we are living by well-rationed portions.” Writers in exile, remembering home in despair.

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As Chinua Achebe notes in a foreword, ``the short story came first, and we did not, of course, have centuries but decades to play with it.'' The pieces here are arranged in order from birth to death, and, as Achebe warns, they ``are not a happy recital any more than Africa today is a happy contin...

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