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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: The Yacoubian Building by Alaa al-Aswany
Annie Gagiano
2014-07-02

"You don’t understand because you’re well-off. When you’ve stood for two hours at the bus stop or taken three different buses and had to go through hell every day just to get home ... then you’ll know why we hate Egypt."

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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 ...

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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.