Warsan Shire: the Somali-British poet


The Horn of Africa is a hotbed for literature. To many people the place is a field of devastation. A flatbed of sand. A stony circle of death. Water lapping at a lifeless coast of piracy. Literature has its roots deep in the cultures that inhabit these places and who have migrated across the swamps … Continue reading Warsan Shire: the Somali-British poet

NOUS EXISTONS ENCORE


This is another book on the ravages of the explosion of a genocide in April 1994 in the landlocked country of Rwanda. Blood on the hills, blood in the valleys, blood in the rivers. This is the very peronal story of one of the survivors of the genocide. The third genocide in the 20th century … Continue reading NOUS EXISTONS ENCORE

No uhuru, yet, with a new passport for the citizens of Africa


There were days when you wanted to travel from one part of the continent to another it would be the most efficient way to travel via Europe. This situation has been improved very much, but still it is not that easy to cross borders between different countries in Africa. Reading travelbooks written by travellers in … Continue reading No uhuru, yet, with a new passport for the citizens of Africa

Why I chose an African publisher over a western one


There are many writers on the African continent, there is a great longing to get published. Some writers reach the point of publication. But where will an average writer publish his or her book? Is there a local publishing house? Or in a neighbouring country? Or is a writer ‘forced’ to leave the continent and … Continue reading Why I chose an African publisher over a western one

KAFKA’S CURSE


Once a while I read a book and at the end (or past the end) I think: this book could do with a reread, once or twice or even more. This book, written by the South African author Achmat Sangor, is one of those books. To discover and rediscover the layers in this book, the … Continue reading KAFKA’S CURSE

‘Exhilarating’ Man Booker International shortlist spans the world


The Man Booker Prize is one of the most important literary prizes you can find on this globe we are living upon. The Nobel Prize is even more famous, but the Nobel Prize has a minor hiccup, there is no shortlist. Man Booker has one ! For this years there are 6 writers and books … Continue reading ‘Exhilarating’ Man Booker International shortlist spans the world