An Elegy for Easterly: Stories




      An Elegy for Easterly: Stories
A woman in a township in Zimbabwe is surrounded by throngs of dusty children but longs for a baby of her own an old man finds that his new job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlor brings unexpected riches a politician s widow stands quietly by at her husband s funeral, watching his colleagues bury an empty casket Petina Gappah s characters may have ordinary hopes and dreams, but they are living in a world where a loaf of bread costs half a million dollars, where wives can t trust even their husbands for fear of AIDS, and where people know exactly what will be printed in the one and only daily newspaper because the news is always, always good.In her spirited debut collection, the Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah brings us the resilience and inventiveness of the people who struggle to live under Robert Mugabe s regime She takes us across the city of Harare, from the townships beset by power cuts to the manicured lawns of privilege and corruption, where wealthy husbands keep their first wives in the big houses while their unofficial second wives wait in the small houses, hoping for a promotion.Despite their circumstances, the characters in An Elegy for Easterly are than victims they are all too human, with as much capacity to inflict pain as to endure it They struggle with the larger issues common to all people everywhere failed promises, unfulfilled dreams, and the yearning for something to anchor them to life. Free Download Books An Elegy for Easterly: Stories Author Petina Gappah – heartforum.co.uk

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University, and the University of Zimbabwe Her short fiction and essays have been published in eight countries She lives with her son Kush in Geneva, where she works as counsel in an international organisation that provides legal aid on international trade law to developing countries.


      An Elegy for Easterly: Stories
 By Petina Gappah IBN : 0865479062 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • An Elegy for Easterly: Stories
  • Petina Gappah
  • English
  • 25 November 2017
  • 0865479062

10 thoughts on “ An Elegy for Easterly: Stories

  1. Paul says:

    4.5 starsA collection of short stories by a Zimbabwean writer previously unknown to me thirteen stories, all bar one set in Zimbabwe They focus on recent history, post independence The characters struggle with the vicissitudes of daily life, bureaucracy, hyperinflation, the pomposity of those in authority, AIDS, misogyny, unfaithful partners mostly men , corruption and yearning Gappah is also interested in the motivations of those who wrong as well as those who are wronged The Easterly of 4.5 starsA collection of short stories by a Zimbabwean writer previously unknown to me thirteen stories, all bar one set in Zimbabwe They focus on recent history, post independence The characters struggle with the vicissitudes of daily life, bureaucracy, hyperinflation, the pomposity of those in autho...

  2. leynes says:

    Before reviewing An Elegy for Easterly, I wanted to rant a little bit about publishing politics and my frustration with the lack of writers of color that get published The well known publishing house Faber is launching a special publishing programme to mark its 90th anniversary in 2019, featuring short stories, poetry and new branding.Petina Gappah s An Elegy for Easterly is part of the Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes that present masters of the short story form in a Before reviewing An Elegy for Easterly, I wanted to rant a little bit about publishing politics and my fru...

  3. Calzean says:

    These short stories based mainly in Zimbabwe show a country experiencing a series of epidemics AIDS Corruption Black marketing Inflation Marital affairs Hyperinflation The stories cover both the poor and the rich Not a lot of happy stories But the ...

  4. AC says:

    Patina Gappah is a real find A fabulous collection of short stories, each flawless and nuanced Both melancholy and humerous and ironic Set in contemporary Zimbabwe.

  5. Alan says:

    Funny, sharp stories of contemporary Zimbabwe 2010 with all its horrors and corruption handled through personal stories Paying trillions of dollars for tractors or millions for a night in a hotel is commonplace People long for stability and opportunity but meanwhile cope as best they can with the situation while some, conmen, politicians, generals thrive Gappah has their measure and in satirical stories of everyday life there she lets us in on the situation with humour and gusto These Funny, sha...

  6. Andrew says:

    This debut short story collection by Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah is a wonderful read The tone of each one is perfect the language is consistently beautiful but also completely natural You get to know the characters very quickly, through small details artfully described, and are left at just the right moment to move on to the next tale.The title gives a clue to what s in store Elegy is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as A song of lamentation, esp a funeral song or lame...

  7. Dan says:

    I liked these stories separately and together Almost all are set in the Zimbabwe of the dictator Robert Mugabe, sometimes with a minor backstory from the time of the guerrilla war In the one story set outside Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwean man whose life and understanding are constrained by the various kinds of poverty he brings with...

  8. Terez says:

    An amazing collection of stories Worth the struggle with English Beautiful and honest at the same time And I must do some research on history of Zimbabwe one day.

  9. Marcus Hobson says:

    I occurred to me that I just bought all twenty of the Faber Stories series I didn t stop to pick one over another, or to exclude certain writers from certain countries I bought them all knowing wherever they took me they would be good.I had not heard of Petina Gappah and I would not have placed her name in central Africa, born in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe Two countries I visited many lifetimes and careers ago An Elegy for Easterly was first published in 2009 For me it caught the spirit I occurred to me that I just bought all twenty of the Faber Stories series I didn t stop to pick one over another, or to exclude certain writers from certain countries I bought them all knowing wherever they took me they would be good.I had not heard of Petina Gappah and I would not have placed her name in central Africa, born in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe Two countries I visited many lifetimes and careers ago An Elegy for Easterly was first published in 2009 For me it caught the spirit of those African countries.The Queen of England is coming to visit Harare, and the government is clearing the townships to make the city look pristine Gather up the people and put them in places she will not see One of these places is Easterly And so the government hid away the poverty, the people put on plastic smiles and the City Council planted new flowers in the streets.Long after the memories of the Queen s visit had faded, and the broken arms of the arrested women w...

  10. Alison Smith says:

    Unvarnished modern Zimbabwe with all its trials, tragedies, daily struggles against a corrupt and broken system Despite these obstacles the stories are vivid and flavourful A few are downright funny for example The Mupandawana Dancing Champion The stories are so authentic you can smell the woodsmoke If you want to discover what modern, post independence Zimbabwe is really like, then the collection of short stories is a Must Read Bio Petinah Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees Unvarnished modern Zimbabwe with all its trials, tragedies, da...

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