ISBN 9781874915195
Pages 434
Dimensions 216 x 216mm
Published 2013
Publisher African Sun Press, South Africa
Format Paperback

Africa Ablaze!

Poems and prose pieces of war and civil conflict

edited by Patricia Schonstein

The poems and prose pieces in this compelling collection illustrate the enduring narrative of war and civil conflict in Africa.

Military strategists, commanding officers, warriors, conscripted youngsters and seasoned combatants are brought together from myriad and diverse battle landscapes to give voice to the horror and pathos of war. Around them, in a haunting chorus, are heard the laments of war-widows, survivors and those who bury the dead or gather up bones.

These voices remove the presumed glamour from war, exposing instead its carnage, the subsequent wasteland it gives rise to and the dirge of mourners trailing in its aftermath.

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Reviews

Africa, Ablaze! is an ambitious work. Nothing published to date matches this collection for its scope and commitment to arranging a choir of competing voices. Schonstein’s work is to be commended. Her notable eye for detail and constant, panopticon gaze is impressive. “

Mike Hagemann. Writing Three Sixty – Journal of Research & Creative Writing, University of the Western Cape, 2015 Volume 1, Issue 2.

“Africa, Ablaze! is an incredibly important poetry anthology. It is a powerful work of art and history, and is very moving.”

John Cole-Morgan. TheSouthAfrican.com, April 2015

“A greatly admirable collection of wide-ranging, hard-hitting writing”

Jay Heale, Bookchat
About the Editor

Patricia Schonstein

Patricia Schonstein-Pinnock is an internationally published novelist and poet. She has a Master's Degree in creative writing from the University of Cape Town. Originally from Zimbabwe, she now lives in South Africa. 

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