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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction by Makhosazana Xaba, edited by Karen Martin

Queer Africa is a collection of charged, tangled, tender, unapologetic, funny, bruising and brilliant stories about the many ways in which we love each other on the continent. The collection includes exquisitely written work by some of the great African writers of this century - K. Sello Duiker, Monica Arac de Nyeko, Beatrice Lamwaka and Richard de Nooy - as well as new voices that map out a haunting, intricate, complex Africa. These unafraid stories of intimacy, sweat, betrayal and restless confidences, we accompany characters into cafes, tattoo salons, the barest of bedrooms, coldly gleaming spaces into which the rich withdraw, unlit streets, and their own deepest interiors. In these unafraid stories of intimacy, sweat, betrayal and restless confidences, we accompany characters into cafes, tattoo salons, the barest of bedroom, the coldly glinting spaces into which the rich withdraw, unlit street and their own deepest interiors. We learn much in these gloriously achieved stories about love and sex, but perhaps more about why we hurt and need one another.
                                                 - Synopsis from Modjaji Books Blog

Can I just say that this collection sounds fascinating. Queer Africa was published in May by Modjaji Books. For other queer literature from Africa check out my previous posts herehere and here as well as an article I wrote a while back here.

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