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African Library: Tropical Fish

Annie Gagiano 2013-06-26 "Yet mostly it vividly depicts how young Africans in our time are learning about life; making many mistakes, but also developing life skills and professional expertise."

African Library: Oil on water

Annie Gagiano 2013-05-02 Habila, a poet as well as a prize-winning novelist, has been a journalist in Lagos like the main character (Rufus) of his novel ...

African Library: The Past Ahead

Annie Gagiano 2013-02-28 "Dear friend, this story belongs to you now. If it interested you, read it again one day, being careful not to become too absorbed by the play of the narrative, for what’s essential lies elsewhere."

African Library: A Friend of the Court by M?roki Nd?ng’?

Annie Gagiano 2012-12-14 "Nd?ng’?’s novel is a thriller and a gripping reading experience, but it carries a moral and political charge of unexpected magnitude."

African Library: The Deadly Ambition

Annie Gagiano 2012-10-31 "Anyone who reads novels is aware of the not merely lasting, but seemingly increasing, popularity of the thriller format. In African writing (in English), there have been interesting variations in local incarnations of this genre, some examples of which have been discussed in previous African Library entries."

African Library: The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the Gods

Annie Gagiano 2012-08-30 "Safari’s text is harrowing to read for most of its length, but is a rich work in the breadth of its reach, though so unassumingly presented."

Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery: A tragic narrative of an unwanted love

Annie Gagiano 2012-06-28 Bahaa’ Taher’s standing as a short story writer and novelist was well established by the time this text, his third novel, was published in the original Arabic in his native Egypt in 1991.

Tail of the Blue Bird – an accomplished debut novel by Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Annie Gagiano 2012-05-04 "Parkes interweaves passages describing the lush landscapes of northern Ghana into the whodunit style narrative as indication that this is no ordinary tale of crime and detection."

African Library: Little Mother

Annie Gagiano 2012-03-09 “Cristina Ali Farah’s fine, moving and exhortatory text exhibits a large talent.”

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives tackles contemporary African culture

Annie Gagiano 2011-12-15 With a plot as complex as the one deployed here, one needs to keep one’s wits about one as the secrets alluded to in the title gradually unfold or are suddenly exposed to the reader and to one or other of the characters.

My Mercedes is Bigger than Yours: An exploration of postcolonial society

Annie Gagiano 2011-11-04 Published in the Heinemann African Writers Series in 1975, Nkem Nwankwo’s novel succeeded his highly popular first (comic) novel, Dando (1964).

Offspring of Paradise – a text strongly coloured by a young girl's fierce Afro-feminism and proudly Muslim convictions

Annie Gagiano 2011-08-25 This powerful novel by a Somali woman presently living in Dubai might be described as a combination of historical novel, sociological study and thriller

African Library: Caught in the storm

Annie Gagiano 2011-07-01 Seydou Badian wrote the text under discussion in this issue of The African Library in 1954 – when his country, Mali, was still known as French Sudan – and composed it in French, the language of his colonial education.

African Library: Caught in the storm

Annie Gagiano 2011-07-01 Seydou Badian wrote the text under discussion in this issue of The African Library in 1954 – when his country, Mali, was still known as French Sudan – and composed it in French, the language of his colonial education.

African Library: The Sinners

Annie Gagiano 2011-04-26 Yusuf Idris is considered one of the great authors – particularly as a short story writer – in the Arabic literary world.

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

Annie Gagiano, Annie Gagiano 2011-02-24 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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