The African Library ‒ Timothy Ogene: The day ends like any day (2017)Books and writers 2021-05-03
"This debut novel by acclaimed poet Timothy Ogene bears the traces of the author’s lyrical talent, his Nigerian origins, his expansive reading of world literature and his life-cherishing attentiveness to natural and human phenomena, both physical and spiritual. The text is, nevertheless, unpretentious in every way; as a narrative, perhaps a bildungsroman, the predominant tonal quality is a sort of quietness, a retrospective serenity."
African library: Chasing the tails of my father’s cattle by Sindiwe MagonaBooks and writers 2021-03-01
"What she conveys (sometimes emphatically and sometimes more obliquely) in this text is a conviction that a culture needs both growth and pruning – as a living thing that should adapt to its surroundings. If tradition stalls and hardens into ideology, it stultifies rather than nurtures both communal and individual life."
African library: The Lotus people by Aziz HassimBooks and writers 2020-12-14
"The impressive and morally valuable account that Hassim has produced should, in my view, be honoured as a classic of anti-apartheid literature. It is a complex work rich in meaning and serves as an act of commemoration, but one which never preaches or flags in its breathtaking pace."
The African Library: Barracoon: The story of the last "black cargo" by Zora Neale HurstonBooks and writers 2020-11-05
"In this entry, the established pattern of profiling contemporary or classic African works of fiction is broken. Kossola (more often referred to as Cudjo in the USA) was the last surviving captured African on the last ever American slave ship. The five and a half years of Kossola’s slave labour in Alabama is not presented as the main focus of his narrative; rather, Barracoon is the life story of a man with vivid memories of his life in a Yoruba settlement in West Africa."
African Library: Behold the dreamers by Imbolo MbueBooks and writers 2020-08-26
"Permeated as it is by compassionate irony, this is a deeply satisfying novel, a narrative that feeds the soul and expands the understanding."
The African Library: The theory of flight by Siphiwe Gloria NdlovuBooks and writers 2020-06-26
"The theory of flight is a beautifully told narrative, memorable and innovative, and a skilfully structured novel."
The African Library: A life full of holes by Driss ben Hamed CharhadBooks and writers 2020-04-29
"A life full of holes is the fruit of an illiterate man’s imagination and harsh experiences, reflecting a life from childhood to young adulthood that must closely resemble the author's, who was a street vendor and a lowly household employee, like the central character."
The African Library: Hope is our only wing by Rutendo TavengerweiBooks and writers 2020-03-02
"This small gem of a novel, published in 2018, is its Zimbabwean author’s first."
African library: The woman next door by Yewande OmotosoBooks and writers 2019-12-18
"Some readers might have formed a mistaken superficial impression of this impressive novel, based on brief reviews. Yewande Omotoso’s 2016 (second) novel is by no means a comforting or a sentimental “Rainbow Nation” or facile Truth and Reconciliation text; nor is it 'chick lit' for old ladies ..."
The African Library: The old drift by Namwali SerpellBooks and writers 2019-11-04
"It is the achievement of Serpell’s novel to be at once complex and lucid, to evoke a Zambian past, present and (imagined) future both ironically and compassionately."
And after many days by Jowhor Ile: African LibraryBooks and writers 2019-09-03
"And after many days contains a terrible and beautiful narrative of enduring family love, principled conduct and horrific power abuse and the greed it permits to destroy lives. Quietly told, it is a story that will linger in the mind of any reader, long after they have closed its back cover."
The African Library: Tears of the brain by OK Matsepe translatedBooks and writers 2019-06-26
"The recent English translation, in 2018, forms part of the admirable work done by the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research based at the University of the Western Cape, and the two translators are Seleka Tembane and Lucy Ndlovu."
At the edge: The writings of Ronnie Govender by Rajendra Chetty: a reviewResensies 2019-05-17
"I highly recommend this valuable text, the worth and interest of which I hope the above review has given some indication."
The African Library: The queue by Basma Abdel AzizBooks and writers 2019-04-26
"It is a mature and impressive novel, and one which many readers are likely to revisit in their memories or by rereading the text."
The African Library: On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika UnigweBooks and writers 2019-03-02
"It is especially Unigwe’s rendition of each of her main characters’ uniqueness in circumstances, setting and personality – the absence of othering of the sex workers in an either sentimentalising or demonising manner – that achieves the novel’s powerfully humane purpose."