KEINE SPUREN IM SAND


In the year 1974 a French lady named Francoise Claustre (1937 – 2006) worked in the African country Chad. She had an experience of many years in this landlocked country. It were heady days in Chad and she noticed it very well for she (and two others) was abducted by rebels. This gruelling story is at … Continue reading KEINE SPUREN IM SAND

Why the chroniclers of Timbuktu


Timbuktu. The ancient city in the sand. The intellectual center of a vast area. People from far and wide travelled to the city, to study within its walls, to study the many books in the libraries. It has known its upheavals, even in recent times. The city has a fascinating history. Read a bit about … Continue reading Why the chroniclers of Timbuktu

THE CIRCLING SONG


I think it is the first book by Nawal El Saadawi that I have read and the writer from Egypt left me baffled with this small book, as if I was going in circles. No song from me about these circles I got into. According to the cover this novel is a parable about the … Continue reading THE CIRCLING SONG

Maaza Mengiste, Carrie Brownstein, and Jill Filipovic on gender and power


The issue of gender is coming more and more to the fore. Gender is a multifacetted way of describing your personhood, your being YOU. To many gender is linked to power, who is calling the shots, who is defining and setting standards. Maaza Mengiste is one  of the speakers at a session on gender and … Continue reading Maaza Mengiste, Carrie Brownstein, and Jill Filipovic on gender and power