There is no story that is not true, [...] The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.
(Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe)
We proudly announce Rhys Hughes' first book for our Raphus Novellas label: MOMBASA MADRIGAL AND OTHER AFRICAN ESCAPADES, a collection with stories introduced by a exquisite title novelette, extremely clever and imaginativa – a strange kind of fusion, between fiction, essay and travelog.
One of the most extraordinary fabulists of our time, Rhys Hughes offers us in MOMBASA MADRIGAL an unique, exquisite creation – thoughtful, pulsating, intuitive. Something really new in the somewhat conventionalized universe of contemporary narratives. The short stories that close the book, in turn, complement and amplify such an impact.
Rhys Henry Hughes (born 1966) is a Welsh writer and essayist.
Born in Cardiff, Hughes is a prolific short story writer with an eclectic mix of influences, which include Italo Calvino, Milorad Pavić, Jorge Luis Borges, Stanisław Lem, Flann O'Brien, Felipe Alfau, Donald Barthelme and Jack Vance. Much of his work is of a humorously eccentric bent, often parodies and pastiches with surreal and absurdist overtones, although he is by no means limited to any of these forms and has proven to be extremely versatile. He has been published in Postscripts among many other places.