From Africa


From Africa

New Francophone Stories

Edited by Adele King

150 pages


March 2004


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About the Book

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 in this volume. The collection brings together fourteen important contemporary authors with roots in sub-Saharan French Africa and Madagascar, a new generation now living in France or the United States, and introduces their remarkable work to readers of English. These writers’ stories, unlike earlier African literature, seldom resemble traditional folk tales. Instead they are concerned with the postindependence world and reveal in their rich and complex depths the influence of modern European and American short-story traditions as well as the enduring reach of African myths and legends.

This gathering of gifted writers tenders modern versions of myths; nostalgia for childhood in Africa; relations between the sexes in contemporary Africa; continuing political problems; and the life of the African diaspora in France—all related in new and familiar ways, in innovative and traditional forms. Their work, most of it little known outside France and their native African countries, revises our understanding of the lingering effects of colonization even as it celebrates the complexity, exuberance, and tenacity of African culture.

Author Bio

Adele King is a professor emerita of French at Ball State University. She is the author of numerous books, including The Writings of Camara Laye and Rereading Camara Laye (Nebraska 2002).


"These stories ultimately cover a much broader literary terrain than just Africa, and tap universal themes in refreshing ways. . . . This is a challenging and innovative selection, and public libraries would do well to consider it."—Booklist (starred review)

"Writings of 14 contemporary authors, with roots in sub-Saharan French Africa and Madagascar, shed light on the lingering effects of colonization while celebrating the complexity, exuberance and tenacity of African culture."—Publishers Weekly

“It is a valiant move of King’s to have assembled her cluster of talents in the pithy, vulnerable short fiction form—and behold, the splintered, rootless diasporic experience is indeed depicted especially fittingly in these brief prose pieces.”—Research in African Literatures

"Inspired by and building on the rich anthologies of African short fiction like those edited by Chinua Achebe, Leila Sebbar, and Michel Le Bris, Adele King has brought to us a collection of passion, courage, and talent. . . . Like much of the rich and complex literature that comes to us from African authors, King's anthology is powerful, graphic, and innovative. The stories of these engaged authors, whose personal and professional lives are inseparable from their work, project humanity and, with it, new meaning, onto the historical mirror."—Lee Whitfield, H-Net Reviews

“King’s collection of recent, competently translated short stories from Francophone Africa in From Africa confirms the plethora of new African talents.”—Chantal Zabus, World Literature

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