Under African Skies: Modern African Stories

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Stories from a number of African nations, including Nigeria, South Africa, and Senegal, are presented here, along with biographical information on the writers and textual notes by Chinua Achebe, Camara Laye, Bessie Head, Ousmane Sembene, and other notable authors.

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Edited by a scholar with a long-standing interest in African literature, this is a collection of 26 stories by African writers from Somalia to South Africa. It includes such stalwarts of African literature as Amos Tutola, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, and Chinua Achebe, who have been publishing since the 1950s and '60s. But it also includes younger writers such as Ben Okri, winner of the 1991 Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road, and the South African Mandla Langa. In his introduction Charles Larson notes that "the most extraordinary aspect of African literature . . . has been its resiliency" in the face of censorship, exile, imprisonment, torture, and even death. This collection reaffirms that extraordinary strength.

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Charles R. Larson pioneered courses in African, Afro-American and Third World literature in the sixties and seventies. The editor of numerous anthologies, he currently teaches at The American University. He lives with his family in Chevy Chase, Maryland

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