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In this monthly column English professor Annie Gagiano's discussion of noteworthy African texts (in English, or translated into English) introduces the geographically, thematically and socio-culturally diverse writing from this continent.

African Library: Yoruba Girl Dancing by Simi Bedford
Annie Gagiano

"Though she exists only in fiction, Remi is an unforgettable character whose humane and spirited nature recognises the ugly, unnecessary barriers that many non-African people continue to put up against Africans for ridiculous reasons, impoverishing their lives."

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Imagine Africa: Idealism and disillusionment in the imagining of Africa

Richard Jurgens

Imagine Africa, a collection of essays and literary pieces edited and introduced by poet, writer and activist Breyten Breytenbach, is the first in a projected series of volumes from the Gorée Institute ...


African Library: Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Ethiopian author Maaza Mengiste

Annie Gagiano, Annie Gagiano

This recently published (2010) novel by an Ethiopian author re-envisions an earlier period of revolutionary activity in the more northern parts of our continent, viz the toppling in the early 1970s of the Emperor Haile Selassie ...


Open Book Report: Earl Lovelace and Etienne van Heerden in conversation

Bibi Slippers

Earl Lovelace, celebrated author from Trinidad, and well-known South African author Etienne van Heerden took part in the Free the Word PEN Dialogue at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town on Thursday, 22nd September 2011.