the strange case of the novelist from egypt


The Egyptian novelist Maguib Mahfouz did not deliver himself his acceptance speech when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. The speech itself was deliverd by someone else.  In the read speech the awarded novelist mentioned a question about the possibilities and impossibilities of winning such a prize by a writer of a … Continue reading the strange case of the novelist from egypt

my up and close encounters with uganda’s


Yesterday afternoon I referred you to an article in which it was claimed that Mongo Beti is the father of African literature. I think it is debatable. Who can lay claim to that? And what are the criteria that you use for determining his fatherhood? Is there a literary DNA to show he is the … Continue reading my up and close encounters with uganda’s

dressed to write


What to wear when you want to write a good novel? Chapter one: jeans; chapter two: a skirt; chapter three: a dress; chapter four: shorts.  Or when you want to receive a prize for a good novel? (see above) Do I want to know, because I just want to read the book that has been … Continue reading dressed to write