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Imagine Africa: Volume 3


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Table of Contents

hassan hajjaj
Portraits 22, 86, 124, 142

abdourahmane waberi
The Divine Song (La Divine Chanson) 1
Translated by david and nicole ball

reesom haile
My Washington Agenda Bitter and Cold Adam, You No Regrets 7
Translated by charles cantalupo

chika unigwe
Heart of Darkness 11

isaac o. delano
The Age of White Rulers (Aiye d'Aiye Oyinbo) 23
Translated by akin adesokan

zanele muholi
"Massa" and Minah 33

kerry bystrom
Essay: Queer(y)ing Domestic Service 39

ungulani ba ka khosa
Ualalapi 44
Translated by david brookshaw

jean senac
Sketch of a Total Body The Prince of Aquitaine The Fig Tree Laurels 59
Translated by kai krienke

emmanuel dongala
Group Photo by the Riverside (Photo de groupe au bord du fleuve) 75
Translated by sara c. hanaburgh

breyten breytenbach
"That Ship Has Flown" Measures The Dance of the Stones
The T0-end The To-dead 87

hassan ghedi santur
Tell Me a Story 103

alfred schaffer
Man Animal Thing 115
Day(Dream) # 5,106 Shaka's Brief Flirtation with Romance
'Self-portrait as 007' Day(Dream) # 1,516 Day(Dream) # 1,516
Shaka Finally Finds The Love Of His Life
Translated by michelle hutchinson

Desert Dining 123
Translated by mike fu

tarek eltayeb
A Hoopoe Stars Birth 131
Translated by kareem james abu-zeid

diekoye oyeyinka
Stillborn 135

jean-pierre bekolo and kenneth harrow
Filmmakers at the frontlines: A conversation 143

About the Author

Fiction by Abdourahmane Waberi, Chika Unigwe, Isaac O. Delano, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa, Emmanuel Dongala, Hassan Ghedi Santur, Sanmao, and Diekoye Oyeyinka. Poetry by Reesom Haile, Jean SUnac, Alfred Schaffer, Breyten Breytenbach, and Tarek Eltayeb. Photography by Hassan Hajjaj and Zanele Muholi, with an essay by Kerry Bystrom. A conversation between film director Jean-Pierre Bekolo and Kenneth Harrow. Translators- David and Nicole Ball, Charles Cantalupo, Akin Adesokan, David Brookshaw, Kai Krienke, Sara C. Hanaburgh, Michelle Hutchinson, Mike Fu, and Kareem James Abu-Zeid.


"The anthology sings with gorgeous visual imagery [and] rings with cries for freedom... Mention must also be made of the brightness of the translations; how their precision highlights and uplifts the poet's vision... The choice to display translations side by side with the original work subverts the expectations of the English-speaking reader, who is so often unused to seeing other languages displayed equally alongside English. This is a truly international book. A stunning collaborative work, which is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in Africa, art, politics, or humans." - Zozi, Cadaverine Magazine (for Imagine Africa: Volume Two)

"The Imagine Africa books are brilliant compilations of essays, poems, short stories, and photography." - Brooks Goddard, Boston University

"Muholi's work is politically potent, capable of communicating on multiple frequencies simultaneously, confronting the audience's preconceived notions of gender binaries, class, sexuality and race." - Jenna Wortham, The New York Times Magazine

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