According to the WordPress Stats, visitors views of my post on Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe increased by 1,000% during this past week. The post was the second most-viewed review behind the perennial first place, Nella Larsen’s Passing. I cannot figure out where the visitors are coming from but I suspect that Doreen Baingana’s excellent collection of short stories is assigned reading for a college course.
In June this year, views of Luis Bernardo Honwana’s We Killed Mangy Dog and Other Mozambican Stories accounted for 40% of visitors to the blog, a dramatic increase over previous months. I tracked the visits to The Philippines. It’s great to see demand for African stories.
So, a blast from the past today. My June 15, 2010 review of Tropical Fish begins with:
Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. A generation of my kind lived out its childhood and came of age on a continent gone horribly wrong. The independence movements, the pan-African fervor and the promise of a golden self-determined future had given way to a neo-dependence on our former colonial masters, a return to insidious philosophies including ‘tribalism’, and a rapidly destabilizing reality.
Have you read Tropical Fish? If so, what did you like about the stories? If not, can I tempt you to read the book?