Peter Godwin spent his childhood in Rhodesia, the present-day Zimbabwe.  Those were the days of the white minority regime led by Ian Smith. He took his university studies in Oxford and Cambridge. But he never lost the love for his native country. President Robert Mugabe has a love/hate relationship with everything Britisch. He does not … Continue reading THE FEAR

le prix du roman arabe

Boualem Sansal is in the eye of a storm. Most of the time that is the place with the least wind. What is the storm? Boualem Sansal was awarded a literary prize “Prix du roman arabe”.  But before he got the opportunity to receive the award the sponsors of the Prix (the meeting of Arab … Continue reading le prix du roman arabe


Namens de VPRO verbleven de beide schrijvers een paar maanden in Ghana om vandaaruit verslag te doen voor het radioprogramma Standplaats. Dit boekje is een bundeling verhalen uit het dagelijkse leven. Over het onvermijdelijke bezoek aan het oude Nederlandse slavenfort Elmina, het belang van de cacaoteelt, de positie van Jerry Rawlings, de half Schotse militair … Continue reading STANDPLAATS GHANA

is science fiction coming to africa?

There is a surge of a different kind of writing coming from the African continent. From east and west and south. Several writers try their hand at writing science fiction. Sometimes set in an African setting, sometimes set in a western setting.   The names of some of these writers are Lauren Beukes, Wanuri Kahiu, … Continue reading is science fiction coming to africa?

crime and prejudice

Crime is attractive, not just for criminals but also for readers about crime (fiction and non-fiction).   It is also attractive for writers. Here you find an interview with the Liberian writer Hawa Jande Golakai (1979). She has worked in South Africa and her first crimebook is set in South Africa.  And she admits she loves … Continue reading crime and prejudice