Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Ghanaian Literature III November 11 to 17, 2013
There are lots of options for short stories by authors from Ghana. One suggestion I have is to look at the stories that have been finalists in The Caine Prize for African Literature. If you Google "short stories from Ghana" a number of options will be found. I mostly only E read so I did a search on the Amazon Kindle Store for the IPAD. I found a very interesting reasonably priced collection by a physician and well known writer:
The Watchman's Daughter and Other Stories from Ghana, West-Africa ~ Rukaya Ibrahim
Rukaya Ibrahim is a Ghanaian born writer and physician. She has been writing since she was in her teens. Her short stories have been published in The Mirror,Ghana's most prestigious national weekly newspaper . The title story, "The watchman's Daughter" was published in Crossing Borders Magazine Issue Eleven. She aims to share realistic, thought-provoking, entertaining, stories about contemporary Africa.
For my participation in this event I read and will post on the lead story in the collection. Just like here in the Phillipines, middle class and above neighborhoods in Accra full of "invisible" people that make life easy for the people in the big houses. Many work for the same family for years without the members of the family ever knowing their last name. The story is told my a daughter relaying the struggles of her family to survive and then prosper when they migrated to Accra from the countryside. Her grandfather can find work only as a night watch man. He has to sleep in the yard in front of the house he guards. Her mother had four children and worked as a civil servant for decades. She wonders if the life she had was the one she dreamed about or did her mother ever dream?
"The Watchman's Daughter" was a very moving story. It made me think more about the invisible people of the Phillipines.
I have been following Kinna Reads for a long time. I am very happy to be participating for the third year in her event, Ghanaian Week. She is especially encouraging the reading of short stories by authors from Ghana. There are numerous reading suggestions on her blog. To me this is the kind of event that makes the international book blog community such a wonderful resource. If you want to expand your knowledge of Ghanaian literature, Kinna Reads is the place to start.