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  • Ethiopia Boyby Chris Beckett

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2013; US$ 16.99

    A debut collection in the form of African praise poems, this book celebrates the people and landscapes of Ethiopia. Seen through the eyes of a young white boy in love with his older, black friend, these poems explore boyhood in all walks of life. As it hurtles through recent Ethiopian history, from the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie and the legacy... more...

  • Shakara Dance Hall Queenby Osonye Tess Onwueme

    African Heritage Press 2011; US$ 19.95

    Shakara dance-hall queen is a gripping drama on the struggle for identity, power and control, engulfing mothers and daughters in a modern city that is sharply split between the rich and the poor. How do these mothers and daughters cope in a world, where their very survival is constantly challenged by the unyielding social and economic forces? Stay... more...

  • Riot in Heavenby Osonye Tess Onwueme

    African Heritage Press 2008; US$ 19.95

    "The relegated man and woman of colour have been struggling to enter heaven, but they remain trapped as Sojourner Nkrumah's (the black woman's) ""Freedom Train"" is stalled at the crossroads of hell, heaven, and earth. Two heroes of the West, now determined to keep out unwelcome guests and terrorists from heaven, pose... more...

  • The Missing Faceby Osonye Tess Onwueme

    African Heritage Press 2008; US$ 19.95

    "'The Missing Face' is Beholding...In this meticulously paced play, Ida...a true optimist about love, family and her culture, takes a great leap in rearing her son, Amaechi...until she decides to leave the masculine formation of her young man-child to his father, who is domiciled in Africa...'The Missing Face' offers a rich illustration... more...

  • The Green Cross of Kafiraby Francis Imbuga

    Bookmark Africa 2014; US$ 18.95

    In his last play published posthumously the late Francis Imbuga presents the dramatic dialogue of his characters as mind games. In addition to using a narrator, Sikia Macho, to fill us in on the broken politics of Kafira, centring around detention without trial, Imbuga deliberately delays the inciting action, the formation of the Green Party of Kafira... more...

  • Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart Stateby Andrew McRae

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 34.00

    Andrew McRae examines the relation between literature and politics at a pivotal moment in English history. more...

  • West African Literaturesby Stephanie Newell

    Oxford University Press, UK 2006; US$ 37.99

    West African Literatures provides students with fresh, in-depth perspectives on the key debates in the field. The aim of this book is not to provide an authoritative, encyclopaedic account, but to consider a selection of the region's literatures in relation to prevailing discussions about literature and postcolonialism. - ;The Oxford Studies in... more...

  • Voice of Americaby E.C. Osondu

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 10.99

    ?E.C. Osondu is a man with a clear head and a great ear, writing from crucial places.? ?Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections ?With observant wonder and subtle humor, [Osondu] portrays?our unique capacity for hope and hopelessness rolled together.? ?Mary Gaitskill, author of Bad Behavior and Veronica This collection of... more...

  • The October Killingsby Wessel Ebersohn

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 17.99

    Abigail Bukula was fifteen years old when her parents were killed in a massacre of antiapartheid activists by white apartheid security forces. Because a young soldier spoke up in her defense, she was spared. Now she?s a lawyer with a promising career in the new government, and while she has done her best to put the tragedy behind her, she?s never... more...

  • Strange Nervous Laughterby Bridget McNulty

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 8.99

    You?ll not find six more remarkable characters: a cashier-turnedmotivational speaker, an undertaker with a toenail fetish, a girl wrapped in dreams, a man who communicates with whales, a garbage man with a peculiar sense of smell, and a Guinness Book of World Records representative. When a random holdup at a local grocery brings them together,... more...