review SLAVE


When the words Africa and slavery are connected usually it revolves around the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. This was a gruesome chapter in history. There are, however, many more sides to the connection Africa and slavery. We can look at the pivotal role Zanzibar played in the slave trade and the important role of Tippu … Continue reading review SLAVE

review DE KELDERS VAN CONGO


Would you volonteer to spend one month in a prison? This just what the Belgian journalist Jan de Cock did. He had written a book about prisons on several continents. This book carried the title Hotel Prison. Now he decided to take a different angle to prison life, not to write from the perspective from … Continue reading review DE KELDERS VAN CONGO

review ALFRED & EMILY


The last novel by the Nobelprize winner Doris Lessing (1919-2013) is an attempt at a special kind of biography. She writes a biography about her parents Alfred Tayler and Emily McVeagh that is not a biography, not even two biographies. What does Doris do? She takes away one very important historical event away from the … Continue reading review ALFRED & EMILY

review CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF


Over the years there has been a steady stream of books on the life and times of the South African prisoner and politician Nelson Mandela. In this heavy book Mandela is conversing with himself. But do not forget that he is talking also with other people. During his lifetime he kept notes, not always on … Continue reading review CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF

review DER WILLE MEINES VATERS GESCHEHE


A young woman. One of many young women in the West African country Cameroon. A young woman torn between her background, her tradition, the authority of her father and her own wishes. When Mireille is 20 years young she finds out that she is pregnant. She is a good student at school at Douala and … Continue reading review DER WILLE MEINES VATERS GESCHEHE

review DOG HEART. A TRAVEL MEMOIR


The man Breyten Breytenbach is an accomplished writer, poet, painter was born in 1936 in South Africa. During the heady days of apartheid he left the country of his birth and went into exile for a long, long time. He settled in France. He married a French woman of Vietnamese descent, and that marital crossing … Continue reading review DOG HEART. A TRAVEL MEMOIR