ISBN 9780620434287
Pages 406
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2009
Publisher Johnson & KingJames Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

New Writing from Africa 2009

Stories Selected by J.M. Coetzee

edited by J.M. Coetzee

What's on the minds of African writers? The South African Chapter of PEN International asked the question, and this volume of collected works holds the answer. More than 800 pieces of new writing from across the continent flowed in once the call for entries was made for the PEN/Studzinski Literary Award.

The collection contains the 34 short stories eventually selected, including the prize-winners and those receiving honourable mentions from final judge JM Coetzee. This is a contemporary African reading journey that will take you from Algeria to Zimbabwe, with stops along the way in Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Mauritius, Botswana, Mozambique, and South Africa. The writers are young and old, established and unpublished; the subject matter as diverse as Africa itself.

Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo who was awarded the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing has her story "Snapshots" published in the collection.

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About the Editor

J.M. Coetzee

John Maxwell Coetzee is an author and academic from South Africa. A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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