the wretched of uhuru


The coming of independece did not come with uhuru (freedom) for every citizen. Some have mastered the art of grabbing. Others were forced to hone the art of surviving. Uptill this very day the results are visible in the landscape and in the slums and in the country clubs. Mwenda Mbatiah (a Swahili scholar) wrote … Continue reading the wretched of uhuru

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In the past few months the Dutch writer of this collection of stories made headlines with an other book. Not a collection of stories or a novel, but a book on hamburgers (yes, you can eat it) and Paradise. In her working life she works she lectures at a university, she has aposition at an … Continue reading review BAMBUSA

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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

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Vrouwen staan centraal in deze bundel korte verhalen van de Zuidafrikaanse schrijfster Riana Scheepers. Al sinds eeuwen woont haar voorgeslacht (van Gelderse afkomst) in het zuiden van Afrika. Zij is in 1957 in Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal, geboren. Vorig jaar ben ik nog ruim een week in Vryheid geweest. In haar jeugd had zij veel contact … Continue reading review DULLE GRIET