Interview with 2017 Caine Prize Winner: Bushra al-Fadil


The African country Sudan is not known as a hotbed of literature. I do not know if this is a reflection of the present literary scene. But there is at least one exception. It is the writer Bushra al-Fadil. He is not the young and upcoming writer, that has just left secondary school and wrote … Continue reading Interview with 2017 Caine Prize Winner: Bushra al-Fadil

Yambo Ouologuem, la mauvaise conscience des lettres


He lived in retirement already for many years and now he has passed away in the village of Sévaré in Mali. His name is Yambo Ouologuem and during his life he has been a critical literary voice, that got mixed reactions. He has been jubilated and he has been ridiculed.  Read more about his life … Continue reading Yambo Ouologuem, la mauvaise conscience des lettres

Dr Chingombe launches new book


The occasion was graced by many people , especially people in government service. A biography was launched by doctor Cainos Chingombe who is working as a civil servant in Harare has written his biography. He sketches his life from humble beginnings to his present heights. I at times wonder what is wrong with humble endings. … Continue reading Dr Chingombe launches new book

Excerpt from ‘The Effacement,’ Shortlisted for the 2017 Prix


In the field of African writing writing from the northern countries of Africa is often unseen and unread. This is an opportunity to get an small insight in one of the writers from Algeria. The name is Samir Toumi and the title of the book that has been shortlisted for the Prix de la Littérature … Continue reading Excerpt from ‘The Effacement,’ Shortlisted for the 2017 Prix

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a humanist on and off the page


Are young people dumbfounded by the presence of the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? It looked like that when she addressed a group students at a high school in the United States of America. Finally a young man asked a first question and he was subtly reprimanded. Read more about this adventure here.  

Zelda la Grange on typing up Mandela’s manuscript


These is still a flow of books on the first president of the post-apartheid South Africa. Nelso Mandela still rings true and his name is connected with a man who tried to build bridges and bring people together. He wrote books (with ghostwriters ?) and others wrote books on him and his political context. It … Continue reading Zelda la Grange on typing up Mandela’s manuscript