reading 2010: zukiswa wanner


Zukiswa Wanner from South African has an international background. She was born in Zambia. He father is a South African. Her mother is from Zimbabwe. She was educated in Zimbabwe and the United States of America (Honolulu). She writes novels and short stories and tries her hand at blogging as well.  Here you find an … Continue reading reading 2010: zukiswa wanner

review SCRIBBLING THE CAT


This is the second book by Alexandra Fuller that I have read. Her first book was Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight. This first book was an impressive account of her childhood in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the sruggle for freedom en the problems she encountered at home. In her second book on her life … Continue reading review SCRIBBLING THE CAT

al-koni’s homes


The work of translators is often underestimated. He or she needs to have an intimate knowledge of the book and the subject at hand.  At times I notice that the translator of a book on an African topic is not familiar with certain words and situations and people. In this article Elliott Colla, who translated … Continue reading al-koni’s homes

the death of a strong man


The death of the man hit the headlines. He was the strong man. He was the money launderer. He was the man with the fist. He was the man who siphoned money to far away places. He was the man with an uniform. The young Nigerian writer Chibundu Onuzo writes about this news concerning the … Continue reading the death of a strong man

review WHITES


The American writer Norman Rush (1933) worked during the years 1978-1983 in Botswana as a Peace Corps volunteer. His stay in this southern African country in Botswana is the foundation for six stories in this collection. Each story centers around white people who work in this country and who try in one way or the … Continue reading review WHITES

review IDIL, EEN MEISJE


The first time I saw Yasmine was in a garden at a house in Tanzania. The house was owned by a Dutch tv-icon. At his house he received Dutch writers. One of those writers was Yasmine (1967) from Somalia, who left her country after her father had been killed. Idil is the protagonist of this … Continue reading review IDIL, EEN MEISJE