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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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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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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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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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Anthills of the Savannah
Anthills of the Savannah
by Chinua Achebe
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In the fictional West African nation Kangan, newly independent of British rule, the hopes and dreams of democracy have been quashed by a fierce military dictatorship. Chris Oriko is a member of the cabinet of the president for life, one of his oldest... (read more)

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I Do Not Come to You by Chance
I Do Not Come to You by Chance
by Adaobi Tri Nwaubani
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A deeply moving debut novel set amid the perilous world of Nigerian email scams, I Do Not Come to You by Chance tells the story of one young man and the family who loves him. Being the opera of the family, Kingsley Ibe is entitled to certain privileges... (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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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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The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013
The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013
by New Internationalist (cor)
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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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Famished Road
Famished Road
by Ben Okri
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Set in an unnamed African country at an unspecified time (though the similarities with Nigeria in the early 1960s are unmistakable), The Famished Road is narrated by Azaro, an African spirit-child or abiku who, in the folklore of southern Nigeria, is... (read more)

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Thirteen Cents (Modern African Writing)
Thirteen Cents (Modern African Writing)
by K. Sello Duiker
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With an introduction by Shaun Viljoen Every city has an unspoken side. Cape Town, between the picture postcard mountain and sea, has its own shadow: a place of dislocation and uncertainty, dependence and desperation, destruction and survival, gangsters... (read more)

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Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Hunter's Saga
Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Hunter's Saga
by Daniel Orowole Fagunwa
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"His total conviction in multiple existences within our physical world is as much an inspiration to some of the most brilliant fiction in Yoruba writing as it is a deeply felt urge to 'justify the ways of God to man.'"—Wole Soyinka, translator 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 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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Jambula Tree and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 8th Annual Collection
Jambula Tree and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 8th Annual Collection
by Monic Arac De Nyeko
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Presenting an absorbing array of South African tales, this remarkable collection is headed by "Jambula Tree," winner of the 8th Annual Caine Prize—Africas most prestigious literary accolade for a short story published in English. Complemented... (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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The Sirens of Baghdad
The Sirens of Baghdad
by Yasmina Khadra
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“Yasmina Khadra may well be the most powerful and serious writer in French since his Algerian compatriot Albert Camus.” Philadelphia Inquirer The third novel in Yasmina Khadras bestselling trilogy about Islamic fundamentalism brings readers... (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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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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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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Tales of Tenderness & Power
Tales of Tenderness & Power
by Bessie Head
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