The jaw-dropping, page-turning, critically-acclaimed book of the year: Kirby is lucky she survived the attack. She is sure there were other victims were less fortunate, but the evidence she finds is … impossible. But what if the one that got away came back for him?
Noviolet Bulawayo was born in Tsholotsho. Nobody wants to be rags of countries like Congo, like Somalia, like Iraq, like Sudan, like Haiti and not even this one we live in — who wants to be a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart? For Darling, that dream will come true. She works as a writer, editor, consultant, reviewer and broadcaster. Arranged chronologically, this anthology of writing spans from the Ancient Queen Hatshepsut and the Queen of Sheba, to popular contemporaries such as Maya Angelou, Alice Walker and Buchi Emecheto, and includes many lesser known writers and anonymous traditional works that exemplify the oral tradition handed down through the generations.
This anthology brings together women from across the globe and besides translations from African languages it includes work originally written in Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Dangarembga was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia now Zimbabwe , in but spent part of her childhood in England. She began her education there, but concluded her A-levels at Hartzell High school, a missionary school in the Rhodesian town of Umtali now Mutare. She later studied medicine at Cambridge University but returned home soon after Zimbabwe was internationally recognised in The semi-autobiographical novel focuses on the story of a Rhodesian family in post-colonial Rhodesia during the s.
The novel attempts to illustrate the dynamic themes of race, class, gender, and cultural change during the post-colonial conditions of present-day Zimbabwe. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital cutting in her society. She has been awarded honorary degrees on three continents. In , she won the North-South prize from the Council of Europe. But because I am a woman I have never had the courage to lift my hand.
Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus suffers a childhood of cruelty and neglect. Her passion for education is ignored by her family, and on leaving school she is forced to marry a much older man. Desperate and alone, she takes drastic action.
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Is a Nigerian novelist who has published over 20 books. Her themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education have won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of the British Empire in It tells the tragic story of Nnu-Ego, daughter of Nwokocha Agbadi and Ona, who had a bad fate with childbearing. Campbell Literature Prize awarded annually by Yale University. Freetown, Sierra Leone, On a hot January evening that he will remember for decades, Elias Cole first catches sight of Saffia Kamara, the wife of a charismatic colleague.
Elsewhere in the hospital, Kai, a gifted young surgeon, is desperately trying to forget the pain of a lost love that torments him as much as the mental scars he still bears from the civil war that has left an entire people with terrible secrets to keep. The Memory of Love is a heartbreaking story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned. The members of the Smales family—liberal whites—are rescued from the terror by their servant, July, who leads them to refuge in his village.
What happens to the Smaleses and to July—the shifts in character and relationships—give us an unforgettable look into the terrifying, tacit understandings and misunderstandings between blacks and whites. Head was the daughter of a white woman and black man. She was brought up by foster parents and then by the Anglican mission orphanage. Head trained as a primary school teacher and taught for a few years but in she began a career as a journalist.
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Her work for Drum magazine won her a reputation as writer. Bessie Head writes about ordinary women in African villages, often dealing with extraordinary situations. She writes with great love and feeling for these women. In a series of short, simply presented stories, Bessie Head introduces us to women with profound decisions to make, and often difficult circumstances to deal with.
She was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. Her writing includes published essays, academic papers, book reviews and short stories.
Sarah inherited her maiden name Ladipo from her father who was born in Ibadan South West Nigeria in the late s. Sarah herself was born in the UK where her father met and married her mother in the late s but she spent much of her childhood in the city of Jos in Plateau State. The novel begins in the early s when Tayo Ajayi meets Vanessa Richardson, the beautiful daughter of an ex-colonial officer. Their story, which spans three continents and four turbulent decades, is that of a brave but bittersweet love affair.
It is the story of individuals struggling to find their place within uncertain political times — a story of passion and idealism, courage and betrayal. Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.
A Ghanaian-born Scottish architect, academic, and novelist. She then became an office clerk and wrote her first novel Muriel at Metropolitan in Her subsequent books include Amandla , Mihloti , and Footprints in the Quag Here is her story: Ndebele has also written a number of highly influential essays on South African literature and culture, these were published in the collection Rediscovery of the Ordinary. Taken during his inauguration at the University of Johannesburg. This man writes what he likes.
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Very little introduction is necessary when discussing the father of the Black Consciousness Movement. The movement was an instrument pivotal to the empowerment and mobilization of much of the urban black population in South Africa during in apartheid. He has trained over journalists. Mattera also has a doctorate in literature. Although reading this list one might find Adichie irrelevant to the theme, she has become by far an African novelist who has transformed the way in which young black readers in Africa have become attuned to literature.
Never fails to entertain and never fails to get her message across. Easily one of the most celebrated poets in South Africa, Mhlophe has easily become synonymous with the music of liberation and the songs of freedom. She is known as a South African freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author. Well-travelled and globally celebrated, she continues to hold African idiomatic expressions and metaphors at the helm of her artistry. Her play, Have you seen Zandile? He was born in Vrededorp, a suburb in Johannesburg but later left South Africa in His novel Mine Boy , published in , remains relevant and timeless.
The novel was turned into a musical in , in celebration of 20 years of democracy. Mphahlele was a South African writer, teacher, artist and activist. He died at the age of 88 from natural causes. He was the first black professor at Wits and founded its African Literature Department. The Nelson Mandela bridge in the night time. This photo was taken by renowned cinematographer Ofentse Mwase. While his many accolades precede him, he was also sometimes an author.
One of his biggest autobiographies also literally in the sense! The book profiles his early life, coming of age and 27 years in prison.
Here we see the Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg. She has been actively involved in the plight against apartheid in Israel.