We also read ourselves in the books we read, or at least in those books that we cherish. For this reason, one of my resolutions was to return to a favourite pastime, namely reading fiction. There are others that I could have included, the choice is entirely unsystematic. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — Even before reading Americanah, there were two things prone to make me love it.
Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window There has never been a better time than right now to be a reader of African literature, especially in the United States historically, an underdeveloped nation in this regard. But that just means that old classics are becoming suddenly available alongside emerging new voices.
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And though there is no shortage of secular writers writing about religion, Aboulela is the rare reverse, a novelist whose deep Muslim faith animates her explorations of Islamic identity in the secular world. African women writers claims him and he lives in Paris, but the focus of his novels has always been Morocco.
From a very nice Paris Review interviewJelloun describes why he writes in French: To me it was another good reason not to tinker with it.
Also, as it is a sacred language, given by God in the shape of the Koran, it is intimidating—one feels very small in front of this language.
The other day Adonis, a great Lebanese poet, told me that the Arabic language has not yet had a writer stronger than itself, capable of subduing it.
In The Happy Marriage, a painter tells the story how his marriage collapsed as he is recovering from a stroke that he blames his wife for provoking; when his wife reads his account of these events, she gives her own side of the story.
The long-awaited first novel by the author of An Elegy for Easterly, this book is a marvel, fluttering from high to low with a deceptive ease, and slipping in more words per page of untranslated Shona than any book this readable has any right to contain.
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But as he soon discovers, being an oyibo, or light-skinned person, comes with significant perks… For Americans unfamiliar with Nigeria, Lagos functions as another character in the book, a fascinating and chaotic megacity populated by people trying to move up in the world—some honestly, some less so.
All this would be plenty, but Barrett, initially in the book as a bystander from whom Furo cadges a drink, becomes more central, as he too begins to undergo a transformation. For a long time I let people think my mother was still alive.
My face still bears the scars of her loss.The Top 10 Contemporary African Writers You Should Know. Anahit Behrooz. Updated: 16 April Dealing with a range of social and cultural issues, from women’s rights and feminism to post-war and post-colonial identity, here are some of Africa’s best contemporary writers.
citing language as a key tool for decolonizing the mindset. Born in Nigeria in , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is part of a new generation of African writers taking the literary world by storm.
Adichie’s works are primarily character-driven, interweaving the background of her native Nigeria and social and political events into the narrative. African Women in Literature.
Dialogues. Notes. Links. Teaching. Citations. African women writers are just beginning to come into their own, but they are facing many obstacles along the way. This page presents some of those challenges as well as exploring many themes African women writers share.
Top. Just ahead of Africa Writes – quite possibly the UK’s largest celebration of African books and literature, we teamed up with the Bookshy Blogger’s Zahrah Nessbit-Ahmed to compile a list of 50 books by African women writers that we think everyone should read – .
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