Redemption Song

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Now in its nineteenth year, 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.

This collection brings together the five 2018 shortlisted stories:
American Dream by Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria)
The Armed Letter Writers by Olofunke Ogundimu (Nigeria)
Fanta Blackcurrant by Makena Onjerika (Kenya)
Involution by Stacy Hardy (South Africa)
Wednesday’s Story by Wole Talabi (Nigeria)
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THE CAINE PRIZE FOR AFRICAN WRITING 2018
              

Now in its nineteenth year, 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.

This collection brings together the five 2018 shortlisted stories: 
  • American Dream by Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria)
  • The Armed Letter Writers by Olofunke Ogundimu (Nigeria)
  • Fanta Blackcurrant by Makena Onjerika (Kenya)
  • Involution by Stacy Hardy (South Africa)
  • Wednesday’s Story by Wole Talabi (Nigeria)

It also includes 12 stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop, which took place in Rwanda in April 2018:
  • No Ordinary Soirée by Paula Akugizibwe 
  • Tie Kidi by Awuor Onyango
  • Calling the Clouds Home by Heran T. Abate 
  • America by Caroline Numuhire
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful by Troy Onyango 
  • Departure by Nsah Mala
  • Where Rivers Go to Die by Dilman Dila 
  • Ngozi by Bongani Sibanda
  • The Weaving of Death by Lucky Grace Isingizwe 
  • Redemption Song by Arinze Ifeakandu
  • Spaceman by Bongani Kona 
  • Grief is the Gift that Breaks the Spirit Open by Eloghosa Osunde


The 2018 judging panel comprises: Dinaw Mengestu, journalist, author
and graduate of Georgetown University and of Columbia University’s M.F.A. programme in fiction; Alain Mabanckou, prolific Francophone Congolese poet and novelist and Man Booker International Prize finalist (2015); reporter, columnist and poet Ahmed Rajab; Henrietta Rose-Innes, a South African author who won the Caine Prize in 2008; and Lola Shoneyin, a Nigerian writer who has won the Ken Saro-Wiwa Prose Prize.



‘Africa’s most important literary award’ – International Herald Tribune

‘Entertaining. Deserves to be widely read’ – Sunday Independent, South Africa

‘An admirable and essential gateway to current African fiction’ – Booklist

 

ISBN 978-1-4314-2758-1 
GENRE Contemporary Fiction
FORMAT Paperback
SIZE 190x130mm
EXTENT 280pp
PRICE R195
RIGHTS South African rights
RELEASE September 2018