A Snap Review of African Contemporary Literature

First, an Online Literary Experience,

Then Coming to a Bookshop Near You

Samplers:

“These are not just people possessed by poesy. These are people pummelled by pain – people who wield the pen to make plain their plaints. People who thought they had escaped the pangs of misrule only to find themselves ensnared by their own vote, (or election ‘mine-thods’), and plunged seemingly irretrievably into the abyss of anomy. A country littered with spires and minarets, of general overseers and imams, but where vice is the unchallenged viceroy”. From Review of Wellington Nwogu’s The Yawning Earth..;

“The author, it seems, was never at the mercy of her narrative; she had it dance to her whims … That is why she can hardly plead mitigation if charged with enticement. She makes Ifemelu, a normal but strong-willed youth, morph into a universal nymphomaniac, meddling with marriages and trifling with friendships.” From review of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah……………………………………….”””””””””””’

“This may not be the masterpiece that Cole is demonstrably capable of, but in adopting the book’s opening salvos and sustaining the trend to the final full stop, he has given the lie to the imperious diktat  of modern day Pontifices maximi of world poetics who are wont to decree a start-up template for fiction. Now I know how all those literary prescriptions for the opening page should be taken: jauntily to the trash can. Art, for it to be art, need not follow a pre-script…” From Review of Teju Cole’s Open City.

“This may not be the masterpiece that Cole is demonstrably capable of, but in adopting the book’s opening salvos and sustaining the trend to the final full stop, he has given the lie to the imperious diktat  of modern day Pontifices maximi of world poetics who are wont to decree a start-up template for fiction. Now I know how all those literary prescriptions for the opening page should be taken: jauntily to the trash can. Art, for it to be art, need not follow a pre-script”    

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