It took the lawyer and writer 20 years to write this book.It took her 10 years of historical research in libraries.It took her 350 pages to write it down. It brought me a fascinating read. I have read books about David Livingstone, the Scotchman who travelled through southern Africa in the nineteenth century. Who wrote … Continue reading review OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT
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The Swedish writer Hennning Mankell (1948 – 2015) has left an extensive oeuvre. One ofg his most characters he created was Inspector Kurt Wallander who managed to solve many riddles connected with crimes in Sweden. Mankell not only wrote about Sweden, but he wrote as well about what he encountered in several African countries. He … Continue reading review LEOPARDENS ÖGA
A Novelist and Critic on Fictionalizing Zambian History
Born in Zambia in the year 1980 Namwali Serpell now teaches at the university of California (USA). In this interview she tells how her debut book ‘The Old Drift’ came to be and about her teaching. Before her debut she wrote essays and reviewed books.
A year in reading: Namwali Serpell
You have to teach courses on literature, so what do you read for your classes. Namwali Serpell, who was born in Zambia and lectures in the United States of America, delved into a pile of books and in this article she tells about her journey.
‘Habari yako?’ Could I make a start like this? Should I write a translation at the bottom of this page? Should I put the translation between brackets? Or just leave at as it is? All kinds of possibilities. So what will a writer / editor / publisher do with the odd word out? Namwali Serpell … Continue reading Glossing Africa
Namwali Serpell: Being Zambitious
She teaches American literature to American Students, while coming from Zambia herself. This should not be a special things in a globalizing world. Just like an American teaching African literature somewhere at an African university or writing about it. The world is shrinking (in some ways) and we are getting closer. Even a man with … Continue reading Namwali Serpell: Being Zambitious