HOME finds Kossi Komla-Ebri between places and identities, cultures and languages, expectations and realities, Europe and Africa. Across these eleven short stories, Komla-Ebri crosses genres and borders with an expansiveness that welcomes readers into an ever increasing interconnected world and all the struggles that come with it.
"Kossi Komla-Ebri writes about what he knows best: Africa remembered and revisited, Italy as his country of adoption, cross cultural diversity and similarity, the challenges of assimilation and retention of cultural identity, and the struggle of the individual within these contexts . . . It is to be hoped that more of his work will be published, that he will continue to write, and that he will take his place among Italy’s best contemporary writers." —Peter N. Pedroni
Fiction. African & African American Studies. Italian Studies. Short Stories.
Born in Togo in 1954, Kossi Amékowoyoa Komla-Ebri is a medical surgeon who lives near Como. His publications include the novel Neyla (Madison FDU Press, 2004), winner of the Premio Prato CittAperta 2019, and collections of short stories, tales, and anecdotes including Imbarazzismi (translated into English as EMBARRACEMENTS, Bordighera Press, 2019). He is the winner of the 2005 Premio Mare Nostrum for Literature and Premio Graphein by Società di Pedagogia e Didattica della Scrittura in 2009.
Marie Orton is Professor of Italian at Brigham Young University. Her English translation of Kossi Komla-Ebri's Imbarazzismi and Nuovi imbarazzismi was published as EMBARACEMENTS: Daily Embarrassments in Black and White . . . and Color in 2019. She recently co-edited the volume Contemporary Italian Diversity in Critical and Fictional Narratives (Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2021) with Graziella Parati and Ron Kubati. She is currently researching the intersections of migration and constructed cultural memory in the medium of museums.