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The Caribbean is the source of one of the richest, most accessible, and yet technically adventurous traditions of contemporary world literature. This collection of Caribbean short stories is pan-Caribbean, including stories from the four main languages of the region: English, Spanish, French, and Dutch. Stories by major figures in the English language tradition such as V. S. Naipaul, Sam Sevlon, and Jean Rhys are set alongside their Spanish- and French-speaking contemporaries like Alejo Carpentier, Jan Bosh, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Their work, in all its diversity of style, theme, and linguistic energy, provides a context for the work of an exciting new generation of Caribbean writers like Edwidge Danticat, Robert Antoni, Astrid Roemer, and Jamaica Kincaid. A celebration of regional creativity, the collection contains sufficient surprises to keep even the most avid student of West Indian writing turning the pages, while reminding readers that the Caribbean is a multilingual, multicultural space.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192802293
ISBN-10: 0192802291
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 139mm x 29mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Wickham

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.