Disruption: Disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity or process.
The title and topic chosen for the seventh collection of stories from around Africa, decided before the world as we knew it changed, turned out to be eerily prescient. Drawn from the four corners of the continent, from Libya and Sierra Leone to Kenya and Botswana, these 21 stories serve up an imaginative feast, many unfolding the consequences of the environmental degradation of the planet.
But the contributors have not parroted the doom and gloom often found in dystopian or apocalyptic fiction. Instead, they have opted for wildly original narratives featuring sea monsters, zombies, time and space travel, cyborgs, immortals, gods and goddesses both benevolent and terrifying, and even a one-eyed octopus. This riot of colour and creativity offers fierce and rich allegories of colonial conquest and late capitalism, and probes patriarchal family and social structures with deft fingers.
The reader will find comedy, the absurd, and the surreal in these pages, as well as lovingly drawn and often valedictory account of the natural world and its denizens. Above all, these stories tell of human connections in the face of impossibly difficult circumstances, providing much-needed comfort and inspiration.
Prepare to be disturbed, moved, and entertained. This is the disruption you’re really looking for.
An electric collection of stories that seethes wit horror and beauty ~ Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls and Afterland.