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.
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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.
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Book Description Amistad Press, UK. Softcover. Book Condition: New. Available Now. Synopsis : In the tradition of rich African storytelling that mixes myth with modernity, "The Prophet of Zongo Street" is a dazzling collection of stories that calls to mind Ben Okri and Chinua Achebe. Mohammed Naseehu Ali, the tradition's acclaimed new practitioner, offers up 10 powerful and beautifully rendered tales. Set primarily on the fictitious Zongo Street - a close-knit community of wonderfully quirky characters who hold tight to superstition, religion and family - these stories are anchored by the uproarious, the embarrassing, the poignant and the rawest moments of life. People in this street are unforgettable portraits of humanity: Suraju, Zongo Street's King Drunkard, whose extravagant scheme to make a buck leaves him contemplating the afterlife; and Kumi, the enigmatic Prophet of Zongo Street, who teaches a young boy to finally ask questions of his traditions and beliefs. Across the ocean, in the story "Live-in," readers find Shatu, a maid on Long Island, who left Zongo Street for the promises of America, only to find herself lonely, separated from her family, and cut off from her community.: In "Rachmaninov," the well-meaning Felix struggles with America's love of the exotic as he makes his way in New York City. Confidently written and highly imaginative, "The Prophet of Zongo Street" heralds a new voice in international fiction. Size: 13.5 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm. 224 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Fiction; Anthologies; ISBN: 0060887508. ISBN/EAN: 9780060887506. Inventory No: F239-1046. Bookseller Inventory # F239-1046
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