Returning to Ethiopia

When he was very young Dinaw Mengestu heard his father tell bedside stories. Stories he did not immediately connect with Ethiopia. He was young and living in exile in the United States. Later on he heard less stories, but it was clear his father was still very much connected to Ethiopia and the developments in … Continue reading Returning to Ethiopia

kenyan blogger launches online bookstore

I think that one of the issues that trouble the literary scene in many African countries is the availability of the books written by African writers. I would not be surprised if some books are more readily available in Europe and / or North America. Now, in Kenya an initiative has been taken by a … Continue reading kenyan blogger launches online bookstore


In the days of Boko Haram, ISIS, Al Qaida, Al Shabaab and explosions and suicide attacks I read this book by the Algerian author Yasmina Khadra. The book is set in a small village in the countryside during the heady days of the islamistic movement FIS and its military wing.  We get to know the … Continue reading LES AGNEAUX DU SEIGNEUR