review THE MAP OF LOVE


Let me start with a note of warning: this is a complicated book. Many people populate the pages of this intriguing and well written book by the Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif. She writes about one family that branched out into other continents and people from non-Egyptian descent.  Let me continue with a joyful note: there … Continue reading review THE MAP OF LOVE

BY THE BOOK: Tobias Otieno


How many famous writers will have followed a course on creative writing?  At many universities and other institutions of learning courses in Creative Writing are being offered. One of these universities is Moi University, near Eldoret, Kenya. Tobias Otieno lectures creative writing and he tells in this article about his experiences.  

review A LONG WAY GONE


Wars produce stories. Stories of death and disaster. Stories of lives torn apart. Stories of people who were changed for the remaining part of their lives. The civil war in Sierra Leone produced stories. One of these is the story of Ismael Beah. He for the first time encountered the civil war when he was … Continue reading review A LONG WAY GONE

review EENZAAM IN SENEGAL


The Dutchman Gerben Potman studied Tropical Forestry at the Wageningen University when he did his internship in Senegal. He was stationed in the village Borama (about 2000 inhabitants) in the eastern parts of this West African country. Another student Juliëtte stayed there as well. During the time he spent there (June till November 1988) he … Continue reading review EENZAAM IN SENEGAL

Maaza Mengiste: ‘The language of war is always masculine’


The writer Maaza Mengiste was born in Ethiopia and moved at a young age to the United States of America with her family. She has not forgotten her roots and her history and the people she belongs to. Ethiopia is part and parcel of her life. In her latest book The Shadow King she takes … Continue reading Maaza Mengiste: ‘The language of war is always masculine’