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Finally, it has arrived and once more, the UK-based Ugandan writer has delivered a masterpiece. This collection of short stories will resonate with those that have left home to seek opportunities abroad, dealt with UK immigration, left behind sunny climes for dark and cold mornings, grappled with the realities of racism. Yet delve deeper and we see she is a troubled character. In this selection of ten short stories, Rania Mamoun powerfully captures landscapes, feelings, touch, taste and even facial expressions; a range of voices and writing styles that centre her Sudanese people. Although her work has been translated from Arabic to English, you get the sense that no emotion or feeling has been lost. Such is the power of her work. Some of the best writers of our time have hailed from Zimbabwe.
It consists of an introduction, the top twelve list, the top hundred list, and a selection of Web resources. All the titles listed in the top hundred list that are available in the ASC library are linked to the library catalogue. For information about this dossier and the availability of titles, email us at: asclibrary ascleiden. The nominations were subjected to rigorous criteria which included, inter alia, an assessment of quality, the ability to provide new information or insight, a continuing contribution to debate, and the extent to which a book broke down boundaries. The final list had to reflect a balance of regional representation, gender, historical spread and genres of writing.
There has never been a better time than right now to be a reader of African literature, especially in the United States historically, an underdeveloped nation in this regard. But that just means that old classics are becoming suddenly available alongside emerging new voices. All dates are for U.
Founded in , the AWS created a forum for many post-independence African writers, and provided texts that African universities could use to address the colonial bias then prominent in the teaching of literature. The books were designed for classroom use, printed solely in paperback to make them affordable for African students. The idea of the series came from Heinemann executive Alan Hill, who "recognised that the nascent post-colonial publishing industry was not supporting the growth of original African literature". Achebe left the editorship in James Currey, the editorial director at Heinemann Educational Books in charge of the African Writers Series from to , has provided a book-length treatment of the series entitled Africa Writes Back. After a fairly successful beginning, the series faced difficulties that mirrored those that faced the continent. By the mids, Heinemann published only one or two new titles a year, and much of the back catalogue fell out of print.