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An Elegy for Easterly: Stories
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Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer whose work has appeared in "Prospect," "A Public""Space," "Per Contra," and "The Zimbabwe Times," and on the website of "Granta." She holds law degrees from the University of Cambridge, the University of Graz, and the University of Zimbabwe, and works in Geneva as an international trade lawyer.

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"Petina Gappah's stories range from scathing satire of Zimbabwe's ruling elite to earthy comedy to sensitive accounts of the sufferings of humble victims of the regime. Gappah is a fine writer and a rising star of Zimbabwean literature." -J. M. Coetzee"In an era when a never-ending newsfeed lets crucial events slip into oblivion, Petina Gappah's stories are particularly important. With great insight, humor, and energy, she brings us a world that, despite its differences at first glance, is not unlike our own: its people's hopes and fears are our hopes and fears, their laughter and tears ours, too. Gappah is a powerful new writer worth celebrating." -Yiyun Li, author of "The Vagrants""In "An Elegy for Easterly," Petina Gappah has written a vital and honest collection of stories that vividly capture the surreal personal tragedies of twenty-first-century Zimbabweans through a rich palette of wry, dark, and intimate


"Petina Gappah's stories range from scathing satire of Zimbabwe's ruling elite to earthy comedy to sensitive accounts of the sufferings of humble victims of the regime. Gappah is a fine writer and a rising star of Zimbabwean literature." --J. M. Coetzee"In an era when a never-ending newsfeed lets crucial events slip into oblivion, Petina Gappah's stories are particularly important. With great insight, humor, and energy, she brings us a world that, despite its differences at first glance, is not unlike our own: its people's hopes and fears are our hopes and fears, their laughter and tears ours, too. Gappah is a powerful new writer worth celebrating." --Yiyun Li, author of "The Vagrants""In "An Elegy for Easterly," Petina Gappah has written a vital and honest collection of stories that vividly capture the surreal personal tragedies of twenty-first-century Zimbabweans through a rich palette of wry, dark, and intimate voices." --Owen Sheers, author of "Resistance "and "The Dust Diaries""Death and disaster, while never glossed over, are handled with unexpected humor, as they often are in folktales, and this is a part of the book's great charm... [One] story, about an elderly coffin maker who comes out of retirement and then dances himself to death on the floor of the "Why Leave Guesthouse and Disco-Bar" has a wild, cracked gallows humor reminiscent of Chekhov's peasant stories. And "The Maid from Lalapanzi," a wonderful tale structured partly as a chronicle of the various country girls hired and fired as maids in the narrator's household, spreads out such a wealth of comedic social detail that you don't fully grasp the underlying brutality of the story until it's over. All of these pieces depend on swiftness and lightness for their effect; flaring up into momentary life and then fading out before they acquire any burdensome solemnity, and this...seems true to the essential nature of the [short story] form." --James Lasdun, "The Guardian""" "A fine, soul-stirr

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