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Dilman Dila

Autor(a) de A Killing in the Sun

10+ Works 51 Membros 4 Críticas

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Obras por Dilman Dila

A Killing in the Sun (2014) 19 exemplares
The Future God of Love (2021) 16 exemplares
A Fledgling Abiba (2020) 5 exemplares
Flying Man Of Stone (2015) 2 exemplares
Where rivers go to die (2023) 2 exemplares
The Blue House 1 exemplar
Cranes Crest at Sunset (2013) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction (2022) — Contribuidor — 158 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 (2021) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
The Best of World SF: 2 (2022) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
AfroSFv3 (2018) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
AfroSFv2 (2015) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021): Volume One (2021) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Terra Incognita (2015) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Imagine Africa 500 (2016) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
African Monsters: Volume 2 (2015) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Africanfuturism: An Anthology — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
A World of Horror (2018) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Myriad Lands: Volume 1: Around the World (2016) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Vector 287 (2018) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Vector 289: African and Afrodiasporic SF (2019) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Vector 207: Futures (2023) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1977-12-31
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
Uganda
Organizações
African Speculative Fiction Society

Membros

Críticas

This sadly didn't work for me: choppy and unevenly paced, with shallow characterisation and the kind of ending that makes you flip back a page and say "wait, that's it?" I will admit that it's possible that I bounced off A Fledgling Abiba because I didn't have much pre-existing knowledge of or emotional attachment to the mythology and story-telling of the African Great Lakes region (modern Uganda, Rwanda, etc) and so I'm sure some of the resonances were lost on me. I was also never sure whether Dilman Dila wanted the reader to take some elements of the book in earnest or whether they were supposed to be comical (e.g. the farting/pooping fire parts), or even if the tone was consistent. Those who have a greater grounding in the storytelling rhythms of this part of east Africa may find more to enjoy in this book than I did.… (mais)
½
 
Assinalado
siriaeve | Jun 29, 2023 |
a wild fantasy novella about the creative impulse.
½
 
Assinalado
macha | Apr 10, 2022 |
This is the first published collection by Ugandan writer and filmmaker Dilman Dila and has served as my introduction to both forms of his storytelling. The opening story, "A Leafy Man," impressed me from the get-go but ends abruptly, and I felt others ended prematurely as well. Great idea though! Others that I enjoyed include the title story, which reminded me a bit of Ambrose Bierce's work, and "Okello's Honeymoon," which bears a Nollywood feel. That is not to imply that his work feels derivative because it doesn't. However his own voice spoke to me most clearly in one of the best in the collection, "Lights on Water," and also in a "A Wive and a Slave".

Some stories involve hive-minded alien species that have crash-landed on earth. Some are strictly fantasy, others are a blend of SF with elements of magic. All bear some form of political or social commentary, often turning his themes on their head, or perhaps it's more that they aren't from a western viewpoint, which is the collection's strength.

Though he doesn't seem to subscribe to it, Dilman writes about colorism though inverted such that advantage and acceptance is conferred upon those with darker skin tones. One thing I find profoundly interesting is that he writes of ill-treatment of monolithic Whites or Europeans as a wrong, i.e. the same wrong when people of African descent are monolithically ill-treated by Whites, but other stories feature individual White characters who are decidedly evil. Just as Dilman decries how “Africans” are lumped together by non-Africans, he also takes on Africans who do believe in one “African” culture that is superior to European/White culture, suggesting that doing so is prone to recreating the same bad outcomes perpetrated by Western culture except under the guise of being “African.”

I am on the fence on his depiction of women, suspecting that he does not respect them all the way. Rather they seem to create problems for the men either because they are too-strong willed or too meek and in either case, easily brainwashed. Then he turns around and expresses admiration for Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Stieg Larsson, Snow Patrol, J-Lo, Janet Jackson, Damien Rice, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, the latter of which tickled me to no end.

The morals of these stories are that people should be judged for who they are not what they are. Do watch out for autocrats, close-minded traditionalists, soldiers, Westerners bearing gifts and women. Believe in magic and witchcraft, art and science, aliens and Africa. And maybe women.

Check out his website www.dilmandila.com for more fascinating insights and exposure to this unique writer.
… (mais)
½
 
Assinalado
mpho3 | Feb 19, 2022 |
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A girl is threatened with an arranged marriage but her courage and magic intervene...
 
Assinalado
AlanPoulter | Sep 23, 2015 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
10
Also by
21
Membros
51
Popularidade
#311,767
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
4
ISBN
6

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