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Elnathan's song: Born into a war on a boiling Tuesday

“Let your women study,’ Sheikh said, ‘and let them vote. Let them learn how to read. The wives of Christians read and write and our wives cannot even read the Quran. 2,939 more words

African Writing

Yes, I'm an Idiot in Literature

Human beings are clearly a clueless lot of eejits. Now, just because I’ve indited a couple of articles (deliberately cluttered with useless vocabularies to confuse people) … 1,533 more words

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Date Read: June 28th 2015

Published: June 2013

Publisher: Chatto & Windus

Pages: 290

The Blurb

Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise – which of course is no such thing. 948 more words

African Literature

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo 2013

I’ve pulled back from dumping my blog because I thought it took up too much damn time. Instead I’m inaugurating two rules. One, 500 words max. 647 more words

Literary Fiction

Are Novels on Africa Offering Us Poverty-Porn?

What comes to mind when I say “Africa”? Is it the dressless child with flies all over his face? Maybe a woman thin as only problematic anorexic models can be, but carrying tanks of waters on their heads? 137 more words


What makes a 'real African'? | Maaza Mengiste | Comment is free | The Guardian

It seems that every new writer with any remote connection to the continent of Africa, either willingly or unwillingly, has first to wrestle with this question of identity before talking about what should matter most: their book. 10 more words


A European summer

After the excitements of the book launch, it is time to get real. 1,357 more words