review IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN


In the year 2006 Hisham Matar published his debut novel In the country of men. This writer was born in New York (United States of America) when his father was a diplomat for the Libyan government. In later years he grew up in Tripoli and in Cairo. These last two cities feature in this novel. … Continue reading review IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN

The Moroccan-born writer of Lullaby returns to north Africa to explore sex, pornography and hypocrisy


The writer Leila Slimani hails from Morocco, but lives and works in France. In her books she manages to touch raw nerves, especially about sex and its environment. In her new book Sex and lies she continues her journey of discovery. In this article you will find out more about Leila and her novel and … Continue reading The Moroccan-born writer of Lullaby returns to north Africa to explore sex, pornography and hypocrisy

review EEN VLUCHTELING VOOR ISWALDA


I had never heard the name of the author, Egbert Ausema, before. He published this novel through a publishing house that specialized in authors who want to publish on their own account.  This novel shows us the life of a refugee from Somalia, who recently arrived in The Netherlands. His father was from English descent … Continue reading review EEN VLUCHTELING VOOR ISWALDA

JM Coetzee: A fine mind, a formidable intellect


Writer and lecturer at universities Angelo Fick wrote this article about the eminent writer J.M. Coetzee. Coetzee is approaching his 80th birthday. Fick relates how he first met a book written by Coetzee and how it gripped him.  The article is a bog Thank You, John Coetzee.          

review THE MAP OF LOVE


Let me start with a note of warning: this is a complicated book. Many people populate the pages of this intriguing and well written book by the Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif. She writes about one family that branched out into other continents and people from non-Egyptian descent.  Let me continue with a joyful note: there … Continue reading review THE MAP OF LOVE

BY THE BOOK: Tobias Otieno


How many famous writers will have followed a course on creative writing?  At many universities and other institutions of learning courses in Creative Writing are being offered. One of these universities is Moi University, near Eldoret, Kenya. Tobias Otieno lectures creative writing and he tells in this article about his experiences.