Identity : New Short Fiction from Africa, Paperback / softback Book

Identity : New Short Fiction from Africa Paperback / softback

Edited by Helen Moffett

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African Identities are too oftendefined for us and not by us.

The call forthis anthology asked writers from thecontinent and the diaspora for "innovativeshort fiction that explores identity,especially (but not limited to) the themesof gender identity and sexuality; that looksbeyond the boundaries of expectation, intothe truest definitions of ourselves."This powerful collection is the result. It showcases the multiple ways in whichAfrican writers see themselves and theircommunities, and the depth, varietyand innovation of their interpretations. From Benin to Ethiopia, from Moroccoto South Africa, the stories here revealuncomfortable and fascinating truths aboutwho we are.

In a world of rising nationalismand factionalism, of increasingly crude andreductive notions of identity, these storiesinsist on the complexity, intimacy andinterconnectedness of African identities. Prepare to be amazed, challenged andenchanted. SSDA is one of the most successful short story organizations on the continent with all of its previous anthologies receiving significant critical acclaim. SSDA celebrates the diversity of Africa's voices and 'tell you who we really are; what we love; love to eat, read, write about.

We want to bring you the scents on our street corners, the gossip from our neighbours, let you listen to strains of the music we dance to.'Authentic African stories offering alternative short stories, stepping away from 'the single story, a distorted, one-dimensional view of Africa that sees the continent only through a prism of war, disease, poverty, starvation and corruption.' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Danger of the Single Story.

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