Letter to Jimmy by Alain Mabanckou, translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari

Title: Letter to Jimmy Author: Alain Mabanckou Translator: Sara Meli Ansari Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Berkeley (2014) ISBN: 978 1 59376 601 6 There has long been a  tendency in the West to over-simplify African nations. The most obvious example  being the habit of dispensing with identifying the 56 countries which comprise the continent as individual nations and instead referring to them unilaterally as “Africa”. … Continue reading Letter to Jimmy by Alain Mabanckou, translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari

Voice of America by E.C. Osondu

E.C. Osondu’s debut collection of short stories, Voice of America,  provides a glimpse into the lives of Nigerian immigrants and explores their complicated relationship to America. In story after story Osondu presents the immigrant experience – uncluttered by dramatic narratives and over-complicated plots.  He writes in a stark prose style which borders on the nondescript.  The incidents he describes are presented as commonplace occurrences so … Continue reading Voice of America by E.C. Osondu