African Violet and Other Stories
The life and times of a war hero who discovers the oddities of the world and returns to declare his own form of independence…An inveterate chancer and drunk gives a command performance as he outwits his boss…Sensation grips Malawi as a homosexual caught in the act takes a righteous stand…A sister and brother discover the world of wealth and expectation that separates their lives in Senegal and the US…A severed leg in a tree leads a maverick investigator down the darkest of trails…
The shortlisted stories for the 2012 Caine Prize – Africa’s leading literary prize – offer five memorable snapshots of life on the African continent in all its diversity.
The shortlisted authors are:
In addition, ten writers from six different African countries took part in the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop, held this year in South Africa, where they each produced a special story for this volume.