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African Violet: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012

The Caine Prize for African Writing collection showcases short stories in English by writers from across the African continent. For the first time, the 2012 anthology is published in Zimbabwe.

Selected from 122 stories from 14 African countries, this anthology contains the stories from the 13th annual Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist, along with those from the 10th Caine Prize workshop for African writers, which was held in South Africa earlier in the year.

The Caine Prize is recognized as Africa’s leading literary competition, often referred to as 'Africa’s Booker'. The book contains contributions from two Zimbabwean writers, Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, whose story La Salle de Départ was shortlisted for the 2012 prize, and Tendai Rinos Mwanakana.

The winner of the Caine Prize for this year is Rotimi Babatunde for his short story entitled Bombay’s Republic, which deals with the story of a Nigerian soldier fighting in the Burma campaign of World War Two.

The other stories in the collection are by Mehul Gohil (Kenya), Billy Kahora (Kenya), Stanley Kenani (Malawi), Grace Khunou (South Africa), Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana), BM Kunga (Kenya), Constance Myburgh (South Africa), Waigwa Ndiang’ui (Kenya), Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria / South Africa), Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda), Rehana Rossouw (South Africa) and Rachel Zadok (South Africa).

African Violet: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012

ISBN ISBN 978-0-7974-5069-1
228 pages