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Disgrace
Disgrace
by J. M. Coetzee
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One afternoon while talking with a friend about books, I wondered how to best describe my experience of reading Disgrace, and this is what I came up with: it's like a finely-crafted, very sharp knife resting gently against your skin. The uneasiness and... (read more)

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Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
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Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwos fall from... (read more)

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So Long a Letter (African Writers Series #248)
So Long a Letter (African Writers Series #248)
by Mariama Ba
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It is not only the fact that this is the most deeply felt presentation of the female condition in African fiction that gives distinction to this novel, but also its undoubted literary qualities, which seem to place it among the best novels that have come... (read more)

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Say You're One of Them (Oprah #63)
Say You're One of Them (Oprah #63)
by Uwem Akpan
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Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances. A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind... (read more)

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The Expedition to the Baobab Tree
The Expedition to the Baobab Tree
by Wilma Stockenstrom
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A stunning translation by Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee of a masterful work of fiction by one of the greatest living writers in Afrikaans.... (read more)

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Nervous Conditions
Nervous Conditions
by Tsitsi Dangarembga
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This stunning first novel, set in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s, centers on the coming of age of a teenage girl, Tambu, and her relationship with her British-educated cousin Nyasha. Tambu, who yearns to be free of the constraints of her rural... (read more)

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An Elegy for Easterly: Stories
An Elegy for Easterly: Stories
by Petina Gappah
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A woman in a township in Zimbabwe is surrounded by throngs of dusty children but longs for a baby of her own; an old man finds that his new job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlor brings unexpected riches; a politician's widow stands quietly by at... (read more)

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Sardines (Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship)
Sardines (Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship)
by Nuruddin Farah
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Winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature Farah's landmark Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy is comprised by the novels Sweet and Sour Milk, Sardines, and Close Sesame. In this volume, the second of the three, a... (read more)

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Johnny Mad Dog
Johnny Mad Dog
by Emmanuel Dongala
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 A Los Angeles Times Book Review Favorite Book of the Year   Johnny Mad Dog, age sixteen, is a member of a rebel faction bent on seizing control of war-torn Congo. Laokolé, at the same age, simply wants to finish high school. Together, they... (read more)

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Diary of a Jewish Muslim: An Egyptian Novel
Diary of a Jewish Muslim: An Egyptian Novel
by Kamal Ruhayyim
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Egyptian Muslims and Jews were not always at odds. Before the Arab-Israeli wars, before the mass exodus of Jews from Egypt, there was harmony. Offering an intimate yet panoramic view of the easy coexistence of Muslims, Jews, and Christians in an old... (read more)

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The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013
The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013
by Chris Brazier
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The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize. It has helped launch the careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many others. The 2013 collection includes the... (read more)

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Under African Skies: Modern African Stories
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories
by Charles R Larson
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Spanning a wide geographical range, this collection features many of the now prominent first generation of African writers and draws attention to a new generation of writers. Powerful, intriguing and essentially non-Western, these stories will be welcome... (read more)

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Mine Boy (46 Edition)
Mine Boy (46 Edition)
by Peter Abrahams
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This novel was one of the first books to draw attention to the condition of black South Africans under a white regime. Abraham's forceful but restrained images of discrimination in the gold mines, the appalling housing, and a country boy's simple and... (read more)

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The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012 (Caine Prize: Annual Prize for African Writing)
The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012 (Caine Prize: Annual Prize for African Writing)
by Caine Prize
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The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize. For over ten years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto "Africa will always bring something new," the prize has helped launch the... (read more)

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Maps
Maps
by Nuruddin Farah
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This first novel in Nuruddin Farah's Blood in the Sun trilogy tells the story of Askar, a man coming of age in the turmoil of modern Africa. With his father a victim of the bloody Ethiopian civil war and his mother dying the day of his birth, Askar is... (read more)

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The Book of Happenstance
The Book of Happenstance
by Ingrid Winterbach
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A remarkable novel by one of the most important Afrikaans writers of our time. The Afrikaans edition, Die boek van toeval en toeverlaat, has already won three major literary awards. Two of the novel's most important themes are loss and concealment: A... (read more)

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Sacred River (Modern African Writing)
Sacred River (Modern African Writing)
by Syl Cheney Coker
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The reincarnation of a legendary nineteenth-century Caribbean emperor as a contemporary African leader is at the heart of this novel. Sacred River deals with the extraordinary lives, hopes, powerful myths, stories, and tragedies of the people of a modern... (read more)

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Links
Links
by Nuruddin Farah
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A gripping new novel from today's "most important African novelist" (The New York Times Book Review) A dozen years after his last visit, Jeebleh returns to his beloved Mogadiscio to see old friends. He is accompanied by his son-in-law, Malik... (read more)

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Butterfly Wings (Modern Arabic Literature)
Butterfly Wings (Modern Arabic Literature)
by Mohamed Salmawy
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A chance encounter on a plane throws together Doha, a fashion designer unhappily married to a leading figure in the Mubarak regime, and Ashraf, an academic and leading dissident. The story of their relationship and Doha's self-discovery runs alongside a... (read more)

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Riding the Whirlwind: An Ethiopian Story of Love and Revolution
Riding the Whirlwind: An Ethiopian Story of Love and Revolution
by Bereket H Selassie
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Bereket Habte Selassie has written a gripping epic novel which is absolutely thrilling. This is an historical novel of modern times, full of intracacies and suspenseful drama. The main events occur in Ethiopia during the revolutionary period of 1969-1974,... (read more)

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