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  • Yukio Mishimaby Damian Flanagan

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 16.95

    The most internationally acclaimed Japanese author of the twentieth century, Yukio Mishima (1925?70) was a prime candidate for the Nobel Prize. But the prolific author shocked the world in 1970 when he attempted a coup d?état that ended in his suicide by ritual disembowelment. In this radically new analysis of Mishima?s extraordinary life, Damian... more...

  • Japanese Women Poets: An Anthologyby Hiroaki Sato

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    Throughout history, Japanese women have excelled in poetry - from the folk songs of the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters) compiled in 712 and the court poetry of the 9th to the 14th centuries, on through the age of haikai and kanshi to the 19th century, into the contemporary period when books of women's poems have created a sensation.This anthology... more...

  • Issues in African Literatureby E. Nnolim

    Malthouse Press 2010; US$ 30.40

    The multitudinous nature of African literature has always been an issue but really not a problem, although its oral base has been used by expatriate critics to accuse African literature of thin plots, superficial characterisation, and narrative structures. African literature also, it is observed, is a mixed grill: it is oral; it is written in vernacular... more...

  • Swahili Made Easyby J.F. Safari

    Mkuki na Nyota Publishers 2012; US$ 24.70

    This handy book is a beginner?s complete course in the Swahili language, designed especially for foreigners. The book is a result of the author?s many years of teaching experience. It is divided into two parts: part one covers pronunciation; Swahili greetings and manners; classification of nouns; adjectives, verbs, adverbs, etc. in twenty-eight lessons... more...

  • Manding-English Dictionaryby Valentin Vydrine

    MeaBooks Inc 2015; US$ 37.00

    Manding is a common name for several closely related languages in West Africa: Maninka (or Malinke), Bamana (or Bambara), Jula, Mandinka, Xasonka, etc., spoken by up to 40 million people. In this dictionary, forms of Malian Bamana and Guinean Maninka are included. The polysemy of words is represented in all details, the senses are represented hierarchically.... more...

  • Crackling Mountain and Other Storiesby Osamu Dazai; James A. O'Brien

    Tuttle Publishing 1989; US$ 12.95

    Crackling Mountain and Other Stories features eleven outstanding works by Osama Dazai, widely regarded as one of the twentieth-century Japan's most gifted writers and a master teller of tales. Dazai experimented with a wide variety of short story styles and brought to each a sophisticated sense of humor, a broad empathy for the human condition,... more...

  • The Past Coming to Roost in the Presentby Adrian Knapp

    Columbia University Press 2006; US$ 17.99

    Since the final demise of apartheid in 1994, South Africa has undergone dramatic changes in the political, social, and economic sphere. It is not surprising that these changes have also resulted in contentious reassessments of recent history. Many contemporary South African writers have taken up the challenge and created works offering new ways of... more...

  • The Fourth Masqueradeby Ebi Yeibo

    Kraft Books 2014; US$ 18.00

    As one of the most important Nigerian poets who continue to write the nation in verse, Yeibo, in this fifth collection of poems, has strategically fashioned a kind of poetry that does not only derive its idiom from the prosody and folk tradition of the Izon of Nigeria, it equally advances the poet?s vision through form and structure. His recourse to... more...

  • The Story of Swahiliby John M. Mugane

    Ohio University Press 2015; US$ 23.99

    Swahili, or more properly Kiswahili, was once an obscure littoral dialect of an East African Bantu language. Today more than one hundred million people use Swahili, making it one of the few truly international languages: Swahili is to eastern and central Africa what English is to the world. How this came about and why, of all African languages, it... more...

  • Encyclopedia of African Literatureby Simon Gikandi

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 65.95

    The most comprehensive reference work on African literature to date, this book covers all the key historical and cultural issues in the field. The Encyclopedia contains over 600 entries covering criticism and theory, African literature's development as a field of scholarship, and studies of established and lesser-known writers and their texts. While... more...