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From Africa : new francophone stories
King, Adele.
Publication Information:
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xvii, 150 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction / Adele King. -- A woman and a half / Abdourahman A. Waberi. -- The legend of Abla Pokou, queen of the Baoulé / Véronique Tadjo. -- A fistful of groundnuts / Tierno Monénembo. -- My father's lamp / Nimrod. -- The spider's fart / Kangni Alem. -- Babyface / Koffi Kwahulé. -- The labors of Ariana / Caya Makhélé. -- The ballad of a shipwreck / Michèle Rakotoson. -- Fahavalo / Jean-Luc Raharimanana. -- Our neighborhood fool / Patrice Nganang. -- A hunting scene as observed by a sentimental photographer / Kossi Efoui. -- Dead girl walking / Benjamin Sehene. -- Bessombè: between homeland and exile / Nathalie Etoké. -- The milka cow / Bessora.
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Out of French-speaking Africa, from Togo, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Guinea, Congo, Rwanda, Djibouti, and Madagascar, comes the polyphony of new voices aired in this volume. The collection brings together fourteen important contemporary authors with roots in sub-Saharan French Africa and Madagascar, a new generation now living in France or the United States, and introduces their remarkable work to readers of English. These writers' stories, unlike earlier African literature, seldom resemble traditional folk tales. Instead they are concerned with the postindependence world and reveal in their rich and complex depths the influence of modern European and American short-story traditions as well as the enduring reach of African myths and legends.

This gathering of gifted writers tenders modern versions of myths; nostalgia for childhood in Africa; relations between the sexes in contemporary Africa; continuing political problems; and the life of the African diaspora in France--all related in new and familiar ways, in innovative and traditional forms. Their work, most of it little known outside France and their native African countries, revises our understanding of the lingering effects of colonization even as it celebrates the complexity, exuberance, and tenacity of African culture.

Author Notes

Adele King is a professor emerita of French at Ball State University. She is the author of numerous books, including The Writings of Camara Laye and Rereading Camara Laye (Nebraska 2002).

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Booklist Review

The title of this short-story anthology refers not only to the tales contained within but to their authors as well--expatriates whose African roots entwine with American and European influences, literary and otherwise. The result is fiction that vigorously resists simplistic labels like postcolonial or even African. True, the legacy of colonialism (particularly French, given the selection's focus) looms large in this collection, often in refreshingly conflicted ways. In one story, the old, white gentleman,erome, dies in the bathtub, leaving female protagonist Mozati independent and free to explore her feelings for the beautiful yet perhaps fraudulent and disappointing Babyface. Other stories, such as one in which a goat farmer discovers a Boeing 747 has crashed silently in the garden of his hut, remind us of the chaos of connected yet contrasting worlds. Current political themes, such as the memory of the Rwandan genocide, also permeate this book. But these stories ultimately cover a much broader literary terrain than just Africa, and tap universal themes in refreshing ways. Though packaged somewhat academically, with footnotes and a bibliographical essay, this is a challenging and innovative selection, and public libraries would do well to consider it. --Brendan Driscoll Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Adele KingAbdourahman A. WaberiVeronique TadjoTicrno MonenemboNimrodKangni AlemKoffi KwahuleCaya MakheleMichele RakotosonJean-Luc RaharimananaPatrice NganangKossi EfouiBenjamin SeheneNathalic EtokeBessora
Introductionp. ix
Part 1. New Myths
A Woman and a Halfp. 3
The Legend of Abla Pokou, Queen of the Baoule Peoplep. 8
Part 2. Nostalgia for Childhood
A Fistful of Groundnutsp. 19
My Father's Lampp. 29
Part 3. Modern Perspectives
The Spider's Fartp. 37
Babyfacep. 48
The Labors of Arianap. 70
Part 4. Politics
The Ballad of a Shipwreckp. 85
Fahavalop. 93
Our Neighborhood Foolp. 97
A Hunting Scene as Observed by a Sentimental Photographerp. 105
Dead Girl Walkingp. 110
Part 5. Outside Africa
Bessombe: Between Homeland and Exilep. 125
The Milka Cowp. 130
Bibliographical Essayp. 137
Contributorsp. 141
Translatorsp. 145
Source Acknowledgmentsp. 149