review DOG HEART. A TRAVEL MEMOIR


The man Breyten Breytenbach is an accomplished writer, poet, painter was born in 1936 in South Africa. During the heady days of apartheid he left the country of his birth and went into exile for a long, long time. He settled in France. He married a French woman of Vietnamese descent, and that marital crossing … Continue reading review DOG HEART. A TRAVEL MEMOIR

review LE VOILE DE LA PEUR


Several books on my shelves tell the stories of women from northern Africa and the Horn of Africa. Stories of women raised in countries in which the islam reigns supreme. Stories of oppre4ssion in in a religious way but also in a cultural way. At times these two influences are hard to distinguish. Is the … Continue reading review LE VOILE DE LA PEUR

review L’ETRANGERE


This autobiographical book follows the first volume, that I reviewed last week. This first book ‘La prisonnière‘ Malika Oufkir recounts her life at the court of Moroccon king, where she entered after an adoption. After her father, general Oufkir, had been executed in the days after a coup in 1972. Oufkir’s wife Fatima and her … Continue reading review L’ETRANGERE

review LA PRISONNIERE


In this book Malika Oufkir tells the story of her life. She was born in 1953 in the kingdom of Morocco during the reign of king Mohammed V. She was born into a well-to-do family. Her mother Fatima Chenna came from a rich background. Her father was a soldier who had served abroad, serving the … Continue reading review LA PRISONNIERE

review AFRIKA IS BESMETTELIJK


Several books written by medical doctors from a European country spending time in one or another African country have found refuge on my bookshelves. I have not had the honour of shelving a book written by a nurse about his/her medical experience in an African country.  Steven van de Vijver, a Dutch medical doctor, is … Continue reading review AFRIKA IS BESMETTELIJK

review DREAMS FROM MY FATHER


It was long overdue to read this book written by the former president of the United States of America. The first edition of this book was written long before Barack Obama started his political career. He was nearing the end of his studies at Harvard University. he was chosen to be the editor-in-chief of the … Continue reading review DREAMS FROM MY FATHER