the french literati and the arab world do a complicated dance


There is a strong connection between France and the northern countries of Africa. These countries have been yoked with the colonial master. Since independence these contacts have not disappeared. People who find it hard to live in one of these countries move to France. Books from many authors are written in the French language.  In … Continue reading the french literati and the arab world do a complicated dance

the so-called jewish question


As far as I know many Jews in South Africa were involved in the struggle for liberation in the apartheid decades in South Africa. Many Jews had fled oppression in European countries, and now they (or their children) were fighting again. A new book on the position of the Jewish community in South Africa has … Continue reading the so-called jewish question

‘after 4.30’ back in kenyan bookshops


When the book was first published  it caused a stir in Kenya. The writer David G. Maillu had authored the book, and he was explicit about, about what?  It was not about harvesting wheat, or picking coffee beans or tea leaves. Maillu was explicit about sexual relations. This all happened in the year 1971. Now … Continue reading ‘after 4.30’ back in kenyan bookshops