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African Library: Congo Inc: Bismarck's testament by In Koli Jean Bofane

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-10-25

"With considerable simplification, but highly persuasively in its sweepingly confident claims, Bofane’s account of the world’s continuously violent history from the late 19th until well into the 21st century places the Congo centrally at its heart of darkness, then and now."

African Library: Small country by Gaël Faye

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-08-30

"Nevertheless, the fact that certain authors manage, like Gaël Faye does with Small country, to create chronicles that do not seem to desecrate, cheapen or sensationalise the devastating dimensions of those events, remains admirable proof of the nuanced art and deep empathy of which some writers are capable."

African Library: The water house by Antȏnio Olinto

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-04-26

"While the Afro-Brazilian connection through transportation of enslaved West Africans to Bahía and other ports and parts of the 'New World' is well known, this novel does the unusual thing of depicting the return of one such (former) slave to the Yoruba region of her family origins."

African Library: And crocodiles are hungry at night by Jack Mapanje

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2017-08-25

"This important narrative, like other well-known, earlier examples of African prison memoirs, many of them by famous writers, is a record of courage, friendship and enterprise in loyal league against the incarcerating, isolating and obliterating forces of tyranny."

African Library: Who will catch us as we fall by Iman Verjee

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2017-06-28

"The Indian community of Kenya comes into strong focus in this recent novel, part family saga, part social analysis and part romance, set mainly in Nairobi and combining idealistic hope with some strongly satirical exposures of the city’s and the society’s ugly underbelly."

African Library: Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2017-04-25

"Brief as it is, and with some of the naïveties of a first novel, Mukasonga’s narrative packs a powerful punch without exploiting the Rwandan tragedy for merely melodramatic effects."

African Library: Chronicle of a last summer – a novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2017-03-02

"Sometimes seen as primarily a family saga or a portrait of the teeming city of Cairo, this debut novel’s wider resonance is indicated in the subtitle; it is a highly sophisticated reading of the pulse of urban Egypt over a stretch of the 30 years between 1984 and 2014."

African Library: Keeper of the Kumm by Sylvia Vollenhoven

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2016-12-14

"Told with great candour and in her inimitable, forthright style, Vollenhoven’s is one of the most important South African autobiographies to have appeared."

African Library: The Oldest Orphan by Tierno Monénembo

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2016-08-30

"My name is Faustin, Faustin Nsenghimana. I’m fifteen years old. I’m in a cell in Kigali central prison. I’m waiting to be executed."

African Library: The Train of Salt and Sugar by Licínio de Azevedo

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2016-05-05

"This fine and moving text by an author originally from elsewhere is a rich contribution to the African library ..."

African Library: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2016-03-02

"Lagos is simultaneously the topic and setting of this text, and was also the title the author originally gave this fascinating modern fantasy novel."

African Library: Luuanda – Short Stories of Angola by Josè Luandino Vieira

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2015-12-15

"I strongly recommend that all readers encounter for themselves the charming, humane, by turns hilarious and profound tales contained in this collection ..."

African Library: Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2015-10-28

"This fine example of the detective genre is strongly recommended to readers – not only for its clever plot, but also for its richer insights."

African Library: Return to Dar al-Basha by Hassan Nasr

Annie Gagiano English 2015-07-07

"Who will restore my beautiful dreams to me? Who will restore Shama to me? Who will restore my childhood?"

African Library: The Naked Gods by Chukwuemeka Ike

Annie Gagiano 2015-03-03 "A prize-winning author in his country of origin and also king of an Aro town in Eastern Nigeria, Ike is an alumnus of Ibadan University and his writing has a sophisticated satirical edge."

African Library: Yoruba Girl Dancing by Simi Bedford

Annie Gagiano 2014-12-16 "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."

African Library: The Crippled Dancer by T Obinkaram Echewa

Annie Gagiano 2014-10-29 "Echewa’s novel proceeds as quietly as its protagonist and his grandfather to demonstrate profound insights into the difficulties of negotiating the changing African scene and into the vital need to do so with courage and patience."

African Library: The Case of the Socialist Witchdoctor and Other Stories by Hama Tuma

Annie Gagiano 2014-08-29 "In his author’s note to this text, Hama Tuma declares his belief 'that Ethiopian reality is stranger (and more horrible) than fiction'."

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."

African Library: Tears of the Desert – A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

Annie Gagiano 2014-04-29 Tears of the Desert – A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis is a work of testimony and an important addition to the African archive.
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