Helon Habila on African fiction’s new “aesthetic of suffering”

One well-known articulation of an argument Aminatta Forna is pushing back against.  Bulawayo’s novel, in my reading, is way savvier about this whole “poverty porn” thing than Habila gives her credit for.  That said, Habila’s point about the way in which fiction is just as capable of reinforcing reductive stereotypes about Africa as it is of challenging those stereotypes is, I think, an important one.  (And the one Habila novel I’ve read, Oil on Water, is a fantastic read, so even if you don’t agree with his argument here, don’t be turned off to his fiction!)

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jun/20/need-new-names-bulawayo-review

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