review LIFE OF BISHOP SMYTHIES


The first edition of this book was published in December 1898. The second edition followed in February 1899. I have a very good copy of the second edition. So over 120 years this book was published. It seems that both the first and second edition each had 2000 copies. Who wrote this book? On the … Continue reading review LIFE OF BISHOP SMYTHIES

review The HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITIES’ MISSSION TO CENTRAL AFRICA


On page 259 I saw it with my own eyes. The words: “Ex Africa semper aliquid novi”.  One of the forms in which this famous statement has rolled through history.  But let me start at the beginning. We do not start in Central Africa but in the British university town Cambridge. The explorer and missionary … Continue reading review The HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITIES’ MISSSION TO CENTRAL AFRICA

review LIVINGSTONE


In my mind David Livingstone is a Scotsman who travelled to the southern parts of Africa, did missionary work, started travelling and writing, sought possibilities for commerce and missionary work. Henry Morton Stanley went to look for him, I presume. After Livingstone’s death he was carried by a few of his most faithful followers to … Continue reading review LIVINGSTONE

MOZAMBICAN MYSTERIES


What a book! What a book, but what kind of book? I am not sure about it. Let me tell you what came to my mind. I saw a huge collection small yellow pieces of paper. On all pieces were scribbled notes. Notes on life. Notes on Mozambique. Notes on development aid. Notes on history. … Continue reading MOZAMBICAN MYSTERIES

Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa


Librarians have decided to give a literary prize to a writer who now wants to us the money to build a library at one of the places he lives. The Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa has been awarded the International Dublin Literary Award. The money that travels with the Award is €100,000. This is a … Continue reading Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa