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Foreign Soil

And Other Stories

by Maxine Beneba Clarke

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Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2017, 272 pages
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    Oct 2017, 272 pages

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In this collection of award-winning stories, Maxine Beneba Clarke gives voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, and the mistreated.

The stories in Maxine Beneba Clarke's debut collection, Foreign Soil, are far-ranging in time, place, and voice. They are stylistically bold, structurally innovative and brave in subject, confronting war, child soldiers, domestic abuse, gender identity, and political violence. Clarke writes with the lyricism of a poet and the starkness of a writer of Witness literature (the process of bringing to the page an event both catastrophic and far-reaching in nature and to let the words serve as as a representation of truth. The author may be a direct witness, or an "imagined" witness. See Beyond the Book). Clarke's characters come from Australia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, China, and the United States, and each one feels fully fleshed, shaped by his or her native culture. They exist in the margins between belonging and "otherness," and Clarke catches them in moments of ...

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