The Prophet of Zongo Street by Mohammed Naseehu Ali
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A dazzling collection of stories, The Prophet of Zongo Street takes readers to a world that seamlessly blends African folklore and myths with modernity. Set primarily on Zongo Street, a fictitious community in West Africa, the stories -- which are reminiscent of the works of Ben Okri and Amos Tutuola -- introduce us to wonderfully quirky characters and the most uproarious, poignant, and rawest moments of life. There's Kumi, the enigmatic title character who teaches a young boy to finally ask questions of his traditions. And as Ali moves his characters to America we meet Felix, who struggles with America's love of the exotic in "Rachmaninov."

The Prophet of Zongo Street heralds a new voice and showcases Mohammed Naseehu Ali's extraordinary ability to craft stories that are both allegorical and unforgettable.

 

About Mohammed Naseehu Ali

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Mohammed Naseehu Ali, a native of Ghana, is a writer and musician. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Bennington College, Ali has published fiction and essays in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, Gathering of the Tribes, and Essence. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published January 23, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ali’s tales alternate between a hometown setting of Zongo Street—a densely populated neighborhood of Ghana’s bustling city of Kumasi, where the locals toil as small merchants—and the ethnic neighborhoods of New York City, where young Ghanian immigrants strive to make modern wages in predominantly...

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Ranging from Zongo Street, the noisy fictional Muslim neighborhood where all the African stories take place, to the climate-controlled ''lily-white enclave of Southampton'' to the hip, trust-fund-backed art scene in Lower Manhattan, the collection is held together by Ali's abiding concern with th...

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Ravaged by both revolution and poverty, the fictional residents of Zongo Street in Kumasi, Ghana, have their hands full: Crazy Kumi holds his book of esoteric wisdom and teaches his neighbors about the white man's evil schemes;

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