African Short Stories

by - 10:10

This isn't a confessional post. Although I do have a confession, I am not the biggest fan of short stories. There are the occasional writers who write short stories, like Helon Habila's Waiting for An Angel, and occasional short story anthologies like African Love Stories, which I enjoy, but I'm still learning to fully appreciate them. I wish I could say I had a logical (or even intelligent) reason as to why, but it's just that they usually leave me wanting more. I get to know these characters, their stories, and then I'm left hanging. There's usually no next chapter for me to learn more about them. It just ends.  

I have been trying to get into more short stories and be more open-minded about them, especially since African literature does have a lot of short stories and African writers do have a gift for writing them (I wonder why that is?). There's the Caine Prize for African Writing and African Roar Anthologies, which I mentioned earlier, but here are a few more anthologies, as well as, short story collections by authors.



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  1. I completely understand your sentiments re: short stories. Have felt like that myself but I have noticed that everywhere I seem to go there are short stories being published out of every country. They seem to be incredibly popular again. Hope you enjoy these. I have been meaning to delve into some Australian and American short stories but still keep putting it off though I have several books of them. Good luck w/the short story reading :-)Pam

  2. Short stories are probably not so popular in this part of the continent,but it is really worth all the efforts in reading.There is another collection readers would find interesting,The stories of ourselves.A lot of interesting stories with global appeal.
    Kunle Abrahams

  3. Phew! Glad to know you've felt that way as well :). But, I am really trying to be more open to them and maybe with time I'll learn to love them. I do wonder why they are becoming so popular again? I'm thinking of reading either one of the Caine Prize Anthologies or "Voice of America" first. Would also be nice to get some recommendations of Australian and American short stories. Good luck with yours as well.

  4. Thank you for the book recommendation. I do feel that I am closing myself to an important part of literature and really need to change my views on them. Hopefully once I get into them I will really enjoy them and as you said see the worth in reading them.

  5. Quite a lot of anthologies here I hadn't heard of. Like you I am only slowly becoming a fan - I thank (blame?) Kinna for that. She has really shown me some great anthologies!