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The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories


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Stewart Brown is a poet and critic who teaches African and Caribbean literature at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham. He has previously taught in Jamaica, Nigeria. He has edited several anthologies of Caribbean writing, and published many books and essays on aspects of West Indian culture. John Wickham was born and lives in Barbados, and is one of the most respected figures in Caribbean literature. His essays and short stories have been widely published and anthologized. He is editor of 'Bim', the Caribbean's longest-established literary journal, and served for several years as a Senator in the Barbados parliament.


This comprehensive collection by 51 20th-century Caribbean writers is as rich and diverse as the cultures and authors who created them. From Cuba and Haiti to Colombia and Guyana, these stories combine a unique sense of place with universal themes. World-renowned authors like Gabriel García Márquez and V. S. Naipaul are included alongside prominent Caribbean authors Patrick Chamoiseau and Juan Bosch and relative newcomers Edwidge Danticat and Alicia McKenzie. While the majority of pieces portray the area's ties to England and the United States, translations from Spanish, French, and Dutch illustrate that there is not one Caribbean culture or literature, but many. While the stories stand well on their own, the editors' organization, introduction, and bibliography provide valuable historical and literary background. Lyrical and well crafted, these stories are a feast for the ear as well as the mind. Highly recommended for all collections.‘Ellen Flexman, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L.

`Review from previous edition 'Part of what distinguishes the Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories from the Penguin anthology of 1996 is the fact that it contains more stories which were created will away from this anglophone turf...It is a measure of the collective talent of these writers, and of the editors' judiciousness, that the book's egalitarian, inclusive aim does not diminish the quality of its contents. For the most part, both students and the general rfeader will find an array of gelaming starting points for further exploration.'' Bill Broun, TLS

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