Synopses & Reviews
Presenting an absorbing array of South African tales, this remarkable collection is headed by "Jambula Tree," winner of the 8th Annual Caine PrizeAfricas most prestigious literary accolade for a short story published in English. Complemented by the short-listed entries carefully selected by the Caine Prize judges, this collaboration of unique talent promotes voices as spiritual and distinct as the South African landscape itself. With a rich and honest narrative, these refreshingly contemporary stories hum with the multiplicity of a pan-African reality, providing raw and deeply affecting perspectives into a unique and ancient culture.
The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Each year, the full shortlist and twelve other stories are collected and published in one volume.
This year’s winner is Monica Arac de Nyeko for Jambula Tree, described as “a witty and touching portrait of a community which is affected forever by a love which blossoms between two adolescents.”
Previous winners and entrants include Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Brian Chikwava, Mary Watson, and Binyavanga Wainaina.
The best in new African writing--winner and shortlisted stories from the continent's leading award.
About the Author
Caine Prize Judges award the Caine Prize to a work (or a short story) by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. The 2008 judges included Jude Kelly, the artistic director of the Southbank Centre; Mark McMorris, a Jamaican poet and a professor of English; Hisham Matar, the Libyan author of In the Country of Men; Hannah Pool, an Eritrean-born journalist for the Guardian; and Jonty Driver, a South African poet, novelist, and lecturer.