the land of my fathers


He travelled from country to country and in the end he ended up in the Low Lands near the North Sea. He never forgot the country he came from. Liberia did not give him the freedom he needed, but he has never forgotten the place where it all started. He wrote a book on ‘The … Continue reading the land of my fathers

maaza mengiste joins wwb board


Today it has been announced by Words without Borders. This organisation wants to promote cultural understanding by publishing and translating international literature. On this blog I regularly refer to articles on the website of this non-profit organization. To new boardmembers have been invited to join the board. One of them is Maaza Mengiste.    

100 notable books of 2014


The year is not over yet, but all around me I see booklists on 2014. The best coockery books. The best historical novels. The best ‘you name it’.  The New York Times collected notable books, hundred of them. I ran through the names and titles and I discovered some African roots. Just run through the … Continue reading 100 notable books of 2014

interview: miral al-tahawy


Her roots are firmly set in the Egyptian desert. At later life she entered the life of American society. Now she is an assistant professor at Arizon University (United States of America), where she teaches Arabic language and culture.  Miral al-Tahawy  is interviewed by Aaron Bady, and they use Skype.