Recently a list with the one hundred best novels written in English was published by TIME Magazine. One writer from Africa was on the list: Chinua Achebe. Not even ‘Nobel Prize for Literature’ winners from Africa were on the list (or is Doris Lessing considered to be from Africa?). But let the two critics who … Continue reading new wave of african writers with an internationalist bend
The Ethiopian writer Dinaw Mengestu has published three books on the theme of leaving Ethiopia and going to the United States. His third book is titled “All our names”. The New York Times pays attention to his latest book of the three.
Both writers made a great impression with their novels. Both are rooted in Africa, one in Nigeria, the other in Ethiopia. In this podcast you will will hear more about the books by Teju Cole and Dinaw Mengestu.
Just a few days ago the famous Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe passed away. He was one of the giants of African literature, due to his own writings and due to the opportunity he gave to other writings as an editor with the African Writers Series. But Achebe is not the only one. Others are around. … Continue reading beyond chinua achebe
The Ethiopian-born writer Dinaw Mengestu flew, in the company of others, 6 years ago to Eastern Congo for a meeting with Joseph Kony and other leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army. What is his impression of this meeting? And what is his impression of the recent attempts by goodwilling people with the project “Kony2012”. An … Continue reading not a click away