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Narrative Unbound

Something that I found particularly interesting, albeit frustrating, was keeping up with the narrative structure of Hayford’s Ethiopia Unbound. I found myself repeatedly confused because of the introduction of new characters that hadn’t been in the story before and their relationship to the “main story line.” About halfway through reading the novel, I had to stop and tell myself that this wasn’t like anything I have ever read before and to stop trying to read it like a typical work of fiction. 368 more words

9/20: Empire, Knowledge Production, Disciplines, Institutions

Chapter 25. The nightpasser.

“It is something to be made from the land. Other nations have been made great by that which they have made, but we have been made great by the land which made us. 1,590 more words

Chapter 24. The old merc.

“Do you remember your horse, Gorata? Don’t move, just lie there. Your Pa bought you a horse, do you remember? It was a chestnut colt. Bred for the police service. 1,455 more words

Chapter 23. Elias.

The light broke like a sigh across the hush. I lay for a moment and listened to Robert sleep, cast like a bag of bones on the bed, his face burrowed into his thin arm. 1,269 more words

Malawian poet, academic and diplomat David Rubadiri, joins the ancestors

Another African statesman and fine gentleman, David Rubadiri, poet, academic and diplomat, has died at the age of 88.

I came across David Rubadiri’s poetry in my early years. 473 more words


Chapter 22. The hide.

I watched the glassy skinned carcasses turning in the smoke. After a time Robert pulled the cooked animals off the coals and placed them at Eli’s feet. 1,069 more words

Reading Africa 101

My first encounter with African literature was back in 2010, when I was an exchange student at the University of Ghana. The University had an amazing bookstore with extremely affordable titles by English-speaking authors from Africa. 2,718 more words