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Accra Noir (Akashic Noir)

Accra Noir (Akashic Noir)

Author(s): Nana-Ama Danquah (Editor)

Location(s): Accra

Genre(s): Noir, Short Stories

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Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

Brand-new stories by: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Kwame Dawes, Adjoa Twum, Kofi Blankson Ocansey, Billie McTernan, Ernest Kwame Nkrumah Addo, Patrick Smith, Anne Sackey, Gbontwi Anyetei, Nana-Ama Danquah, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh, and Anna Bossman.

From the introduction by Nana-Ama Danquah:

Accra is the perfect setting for noir fiction. The telling of such tales–ones involving or suggesting death, with a protagonist who is flawed or devious, driven by either a self-serving motive or one of the seven deadly sins–is woven into the fabric of the city’s everyday life…

Accra is more than just a capital city. It is a microcosm of Ghana. It is a virtual map of the nation’s soul, a complex geographical display of its indigenous presence, the colonial imposition, declarations of freedom, followed by coups d’état, decades of dictatorship, and then, finally, a steady march forward into a promising future…

Much like Accra, these stories are not always what they seem. The contributors who penned them know too well how to spin a story into a web…It is an honor and a pleasure to share them and all they reveal about Accra, a city of allegories, one of the most dynamic and diverse places in the world.

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Author: tripfiction

“Accra is the perfect setting for noir fiction” says editor of these 13 short stories, Nana Ama Danquah. It is a city almost at the centre of the world, as she points out, being...

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