Algeria as we know it has a long, very long history. One group has been living in Algeria for many centuries. They came from the east, the near east. They came from the north, from the Iberian Peninsula, after persecution. These jews settled in what is now Algeria and live there up till this day. … Continue reading Habib al-Sayah: Cracking ‘the Shell of the Taboo Around Talking about Algerian Jews’
In this interview the writer Zoë Wicomb talks with the editor of her ‘Race, Nation, Translation’, published in 2018. They delve into meaning of postcolonialism, intersectionality, postmodernism and feminism and the relation between these concepts.
Wangari has written books for children. Writing her stories is not her only gift. She tells her stories as well. She has performed in many countries, telling stories, captivating her audiences. In this article she answers questions on her reading habits.
Was Albert Camus an African writer? On my pages he counts as one. Born and raised in Algeria during the colonial days he is one of the guys, according to me. But some one born and raised in the United States with Nigerian parents? The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was asked the question: Are … Continue reading Shut up and write
There are strong links between the African west coast and the Latin American country Brasil. During m,any centuries there were contacts and Brazilian immigrants put their stamp on the architecture at the coast. Slaves were brought to Brasil to work at the plantations. The Rwandan writer Scholastique Mukasonga spend time in Brasil and writes in … Continue reading Scholastique Mukasonga: Au Brésil, “une femme noire ne compte pour rien”
What is your origin? Where do we come from and how does this origin define us? One of the books with a story of origin is the bible. Due to poor exegesis the idea emerged that Africans were cursed, due to their ancestor Ham. How do writers with African roots, from different parts of the … Continue reading Turning the ‘Curse of Ham’ into a blessing