Interview with Taiye Selasi, Contributor to Granta 115: The F Word (Feminism) (Plus: Video Reading of “The Sex Lives of African Girls”)
Granta magazine has published London-born Taiye Selasi’s short story, “The Sex Lives of African Girls”, in its latest issue, The F Word (Feminism). Selasi, who lives, according to her website, in New York, Delhi and Rome, is also set to bring out a novel, Ghana Must Go, in 2012.
Meet a new star in world lit’s firmament:
YI: Your story takes places in a rich household in Accra. Even though many of the characters are leading comfortable lives, a sense of menace runs beneath the surface. I was scared for all the women, especially the young narrator. Did you mean to paint the sex lives of African girls as dangerous and doomed?
TS: It’s hard to say what I meant, but that’s certainly what I’ve done. To be honest, I was rather surprised to discover that I’d painted such a devastating portrait. It was only months and months after I’d finished editing – focusing narrowly on rhythm, image, pacing, form – that I noticed how dark the content was, how fundamentally damning the comment.
Watch Selasi read from her story on YouTube:
- Granta 115: The F Word (Feminism) edited by John Freeman
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