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  • Welcome to Our Hillbrowby Phaswane Mpe

    Ohio University Press 2011; US$ 13.99

    Welcome to Our Hillbrow is an exhilarating and disturbingride through the chaotic and hyper-real zone of Hillbrow?microcosm of all that is contradictory, alluring, and painful in the postapartheid South African psyche. Everythingis there: the shattered dreams of youth, sexuality and its unpredictable costs, AIDS, xenophobia, suicide, the omnipotent... more...

  • Thirteen Centsby K. Sello Duiker; Shaun Viljoen

    Ohio University Press 2013; US$ 13.99

    Every city has an unspoken side. Cape Town, between the picture postcard mountain and sea, has its own shadow: a place of dislocation and uncertainty, dependence and desperation, destruction and survival, gangsters, pimps, pedophiles, hunger, hope, and moments of happiness. Living in this shadow is Azure, a thirteen-year-old who makes his living on... more...

  • The Sacred Door and Other Storiesby Makuchi; Isidore Okpewho

    Ohio University Press 2007; US$ 28.95

    The Sacred Door and Other Stories: Cameroon Folktales of the Beba offers readers a selection of folktales infused with riddles, proverbs, songs, myths, and legends, using various narrative techniques that capture the vibrancy of Beba oral traditions. Makuchi retells the stories that she heard at home when she was growing up in her native Cameroon.... more...

  • The Obasinjom Warriorby Emmanuel Fru Doh

    Langaa RPCIG 2014; US$ 26.95

    On March 8, 2007, one of Cameroonís foremost scholars died in a ghastly traffic accident barely hours after launching his most forthright and acerbic collection of poems: Disgrace: Autobiographical Narcissus. Dr. Bate Besong was a social activist, a critic, troubadour, and playwright; an avant-garde, steeped in the tradition of the absurd, who... more...

  • Far Away Is Here. Lejos es aquíby Luigi Giuliani; Leonarda Trapassi; José Javier Martos Ramos

    Frank & Timme 2014; US$ 63.80

    Far Away Is Here/Lejos es aquí ofrece miradas cruzadas sobre los fenómenos de escritura que radican en las migraciones contemporáneas. En las secciones del volumen ?Taxonomías y ontologías, Imágenes, Diásporas, Lenguas? se presentan cuestiones teóricas y case studies sobre la escritura migratoria tanto en países tradicionalmente receptores (EE. UU.... 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...