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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 during this quantity. the gathering brings jointly fourteen vital modern authors with roots in sub-Saharan French Africa and Madagascar, a brand new new release now dwelling in France or the U.S., and introduces their striking paintings to readers of English. those writers’ tales, not like prior African literature, seldom resemble conventional people stories. as an alternative they're occupied with the postindependence international and exhibit of their wealthy and complicated depths the effect of contemporary eu and American short-story traditions in addition to the long-lasting succeed in of African myths and legends.

This accumulating of talented writers tenders smooth models of myths; nostalgia for formative years in Africa; kinfolk among the sexes in modern Africa; carrying on with political difficulties; and the lifetime of the African diaspora in France—all comparable in new and everyday methods, in leading edge and conventional types. Their paintings, such a lot of it little identified outdoor France and their local African international locations, revises our knowing of the lingering results of colonization at the same time it celebrates the complexity, exuberance, and tenacity of African culture.

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