No Edges: Swahili Stories Spiral-Bound | April 11, 2023

Sarah Coolidge (Edited by), Lusajo Mwaikenda Israel, Euphrase Kezilahabi , Mwas Mahugu, Katama G. C. Mkangi , Clara Momanyi, Fadhy Mtanga, Fatma Shafii, Lilian Mbaga

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Swahili is the future. The first collection of Swahili fiction in English translation, No Edges introduces eight East African writers from Tanzania and Kenya as they share tales of sorcerers, Nairobi junkyards, cross-country bus rides, and spaceships that blast prisoners into eternity. Here we’re encouraged to explore the chaos of life on a crowded Earth, as well as the otherworldly realms lying just beyond our reach. Through language bursting with rhythm and vivid Africanfuturist visions, these writers summon the boundless future into being.
Publisher: Ingram Publisher Services
Original Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144 pages
ISBN-10: 1949641457
Item Weight: 0.62 lbs
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.73 x 7.0 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars Up to 30 ratings

“The translators behind No Edges have preserved the unique cadence of every story: each author’s narrative voice is striking and unmistakable. Moreover, the tales all start off with a snippet from the Swahili version, giving the reader a taste of the original. Beautifully translated and rich with interrogations and reminders of our humanity, No Edges is an indispensable read for our increasingly reclusive post-quarantine world.” Asymptote

“This innovative, Africanfuturist short story collection presents eight stories translated from Swahili by East African writers from Tanzania and Kenya…fascinating, much-needed.”
—Margaret Kingsbury, Buzzfeed

“I’ve loved the Calico series from Two Lines Press since its inception. The series presents vanguard works of translated literature in vibrant, strikingly designed editions. Each year, they publish two new titles in the Calico series and each is as good, if not better, than the next. Ranging from speculative Chinese fiction to Arabic poetry and more, each book in the series is built around a theme and captures a unique moment in international literature. 
No Edges is the first collection of Swahili fiction, Africa’s most widely spoken language, in English translation and introduces readers to eight writers from Tanzania and Kenya. ‘Swahili is the future,’ the collection declares, and moments of everyday life in East Africa are mixed with stories of spaceships and sorcerers. There is a pulsing life to this collection.” —Pierce Alquist, Bookriot

“Untethered imagination is what I’m always hoping for when I read…When people say a book offers everything, it often ticks off all the boxes on a Western checklist.
No Edges ticks off all those boxes, comes prepared with its own unique checklist and ticks off those too. With such variety and creativity, there’s going to be at least one (but probably more) story you enjoy.” —Sean Dowie, Locus

“Visionary…These varied and wondrous tales are a literary feast.” —Publishers Weekly

“An absorbing sampler of the literary feast available in Africa's most widely-spoken language,
 No Edges should leave readers eager to discover more Swahili writers.”  —Shailja Patel, author of Migritude

\“An exciting and timely collection that brings tales of speculative possibility and everyday life to new readers, from one of the most beautiful storytelling traditions in the world.” —… Nyabola, author of Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move

“A literary gem glued together by an intricate alchemy between master and apprentice, with exciting contemporary voices from the East African coast speaking to a global audience. A must read.” 
—Abdulrahman ‘Abu Amirah’ Ndegwa, Curator, Swahili Lit Fest


“By turns cryptic and revealing, phantasmagorical and straightforward, these tales 
balance reality and fantasy on the edge of a knife.” Publishers Weekly, *starred review* of That We May LiveSpeculative Chinese Fiction

“Unbelievably exciting…These are poems to read and reread, repeating the lines as though they were a secret between yourself and the page.” 
The Paris Review on Home: New Arabic Poems

“Essential, a gift that opens up the pleasures of new worlds.” 
—Hugh Raffles on Elemental: Earth Stories

“This eclectic bilingual anthology from queer Brazilian writers, both living and dead, is as expansive and full of life as the country itself…enticing and poignant.” 
—Publishers Weekly on Cuíer: Queer Brazil

Lusajo Mwaikenda Israel is a Tanzanian writer who received his degree in fine and performing arts from the University of Dar es Salaam. He further pursued his Master's in Community Development (MCED) at Open University of Tanzania and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education at Teofilo Kisanji University. In the 1990s, he was a founding member of Daz Nundaz, a pioneering group of the Bongo Flava and Swahili hip-hop musical genres.