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African Creations; An Anthology [Paperback]

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Okike begun in 1971 as a journal for new and established literary writers. These stories have been selected from ten years' contributions for their artistic merit and topicality. In a period of volatility - and remarkable productivity in literature, each story conveys a sense of the vast historical and social events that shaped the present, and by artistic means, contributes to the reader's understanding of wider social and political debates. In each story African life has some discernible significance; or the sensitivities or aspirationss of individual Africans are explored with seriousness. Since first publication, many of these writers have entered the canon or written classics - they include: Chinua Achebe, Ossie Onuora Enekwe, Nadine Gordimer, and Kole Omotoso. Every region of Africa is represented which, the editor suggest, indicates the unity of the African continent (and African literature) in its problems and defence of values, aspirations and spiritual commitments.

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Studio: Fourth Dimension Publishing Co.
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 26, 2002
Publisher   Fourth Dimension Publishing Co.
ISBN  9781561815  
ISBN13  9789781561818  

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Interesting Anthology Published in the Region  Jun 30, 2007
This book was published in Nigeria in 1982 and contains 16 short stories that appeared in the major Nigerian literary magazine Okike between 1971 and 1980. Ten of the pieces are by Nigerian authors, the rest by writers from South Africa, Zambia, Somalia, Benin and Kenya. The book is one of the few multi-author anthologies I've seen that was produced by an African publisher.

One interesting feature, compared to other anthologies read for the region, is the number of pieces that are funny. These include a story by Chinua Achebe, the founder of Okike: "Civil Peace" about a family that must suffer the aftermath of civil war. "The Mermaid: A Short Story" by Maxwell Nwagboso, which pokes fun at the credulity of a man who prays to a fake mermaid for another child and includes a child's misunderstanding of his parents' behavior. "Death at Dawn" by Anele Ebizie, about a would-be hero's attempt to outwit some robbers that goes awry. "With Comic Commencement" by Kole Omotoso, about a man's bad luck that ends in a prison term. And "The Python's Dilemma" by Mathias Njoku, a modern fable about a snake that takes human form and briefly finds success in a bizarre world that mocks power-mad African and Western governments. This last comic piece can be read as a political satire in the form of an animal tale.

There are a few other stories resembling folk tales, such as "A Child in the Bush of Ghosts" by Olympe Bhely-Quenum, in which a wanderer crosses briefly into the land of the dead, remarkable for its dreamlike atmosphere. And "Arrawelo: The Castrator of Men," about the misrule and overthrow of a mad, uncontrollable queen, which contains a folk explanation of how the practice of female circumcision began.

War and apartheid are some of the other subjects covered, in stories such as "The Last Battle," by Ossie Enekwe, "The Spring of Life," by Daniel Kunene and "The Children," by Nadine Gordimer. The latter describes how what begins as an innocent and trusting relationship between white and black children is slowly twisted and then crushed by their society. Another subject is cultural dislocation ending in madness, in the story "Angwo Tanda," by Chinweizu. And one piece, "The Story," by "Osotsi," describes the twists and turns of a difficult relationship through the thoughts of the unnamed narrator.

The anthology ends on a happy note, "A Gift at Christmas Time" by Nnadozie Inyama, in which a childless couple's desire for children is answered after their adoption of a child brings good luck.

The standard of the writing wasn't uniformly high throughout and some of the stories tended to run on, in my opinion, but the range of subjects and forms was ambitious. It would've been great if the anthology had included even more stories.

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