great artistry brought to bear


She was born at the port Port Harcourt, Nigeria, but at the age of ten she left in the company of her family. Her father was looking for better medical treatment and they traversed the ocean and arrived in the United States.  Chinelo Okparanta decided to write and write and wrote short stories, books have … Continue reading great artistry brought to bear

the end of skill


And all the time I find names that are new to me. Names that have been passed around. Names that have been listed on longlists and shortlists. Names that have closed in on prizes, but have missed the prize.  One of these name is the one of Mamle Kabu. She is from mixed Ghanaian and … Continue reading the end of skill

the things we do


Here we have a look into the future. We look into a not yet published novel by the Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. We get a peep into a part of her novel on the way. I do not think the intention of this pre-publication is a communal effort to finish the novel with input … Continue reading the things we do

v.s. naipaul and paul theroux reconcile


His Dark Star Safari was to me a journey into lost dreams. Paul Theroux visited place many years after the first encounter. He travelled to the school where he taught as a Peace Corps Volunteer and he saw the decline. He used public transport to get from one place to another and he met people … Continue reading v.s. naipaul and paul theroux reconcile