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One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories

In Book, Fiction, Reading, Recommended, Review, World Literature on 21/10/2010 at 22:50
One World: A global anthology of short stories

One World: A global anthology of short stories

One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories is a collection of 23 short stories by 23 authors from 14 countries and 5 continents. The beauty of this diverse, colourful collection of stories, is that every author brings their own cultural background and inspirations to this literary melting pot.

One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories

The stories in this book describe various matters such as death of a family member, poverty, mental health, family relations, childhood, isolation. Many of the stories explore the struggles between the character’s personal and cultural identities, which gives the reader a whole new perspective on the issues at stakes. It’s remarkable how each writer makes you so easily acquainted with the main character. After all, each story is only a few pages.

The many different writing styles have resulted in a book with various flavours. True, you will like some stories better than others, but without a doubt your imagination will be sparked by most stories.

From the book’s introduction

The concept of One World is often a multi-colored tapestry into which sundry, if not contending patterns can be woven. for those of us who worked on this project, ‘One World’ goes beyond the everyday notion of the globe as a physical geographic entity. Rather, we understand it as a universal idea, one that transcends national boundaries to comment on the most prevailing aspects of the human condition.

This attempt to redefine the borders of the world we live in through the short story recognizes the many conflicting issues of race, language, economy, gender and ethnicity, which separate and limit us. We readily acknowledge, however, that regardless of our differences or the disparities in our stories, we are united by our humanity.

We invite the reader on a personal journey across continents, countries, cultures and landscapes, to reflect on these beautiful, at times chaotic, renditions on the human experience. We hope the reach of this path will transcend the borders of each story, and perhaps function as an agent of change.

Welcome to our world.

Written by Ovo Adagha and Molara Wood

Authors & Stories

For you book-addicts out there, this book is also a great way to discover new authors, that otherwise might have gone by undiscovered. Contributing authors and their stories in this book are:

  • Elaine Chiew (Malaysia), Leng Lui is for Pretty Lady
  • Molara Wood (Nigeria), Kelemo’s Woman
  • Jhumpa Lahiri (United States) (winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), The Third and Final Continent
  • Martin A Ramos (Puerto Rico), The Way of the Machete
  • Lauri Kubutsile (Botswana), The Rick People’s School
  • Chika Unigwe (Nigeria), Growing My Hair Again
  • Ravi Mangla (United States), Air Mail
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), My Mother, the Crazy African
  • Skye Brannon (United States), Fireweed
  • Jude Dibia (Nigeria), Among Strangers
  • Shabnam Nadiya (Bangladesh), Ishwari’s Children
  • Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe), Before Tonde, After Tonde
  • Ivan Gabriel Rehorek (Australia), Maryanne Clouds Today
  • Vanessa Gebbie (Wales), The Kettle on the Boat
  • Dipita Kwa (Cameroon), Honor of a Woman
  • Henrietta Rose-Innes (South Africa) (winner of the 2008 Caine Prize), Porcelain
  • Lucinda Nelson Dhavan (India), The Volunteer
  • Adetokunbo Abiola (Nigeria), The Albino
  • Wadzanai Mhute (Zimbabwe), Cow Hearted
  • Konstantinos Tzikas (Greece), A Boy and His Kite
  • Ken Kamoche (Kenya), Retrenched
  • Sequoia Nagamatsu (United States), Melancholy Nights in a Tokyo Cyber Café
  • Ovo Adagha (Nigeria), Homeless

Get the book!

This book is available in most bookstores in the USA and the UK. Alternatively, you can get your own copy of One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories at Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle-version.
Proceeds to benefit Medecins Sans Frontieres.

One World: A global anthology of short stories

One World: A global anthology of short stories

Book details

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: New Internationalist (2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1906523134
ISBN-13: 978-1906523138

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