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

review LE VOILE DE LA PEUR


Several books on my shelves tell the stories of women from northern Africa and the Horn of Africa. Stories of women raised in countries in which the islam reigns supreme. Stories of oppre4ssion in in a religious way but also in a cultural way. At times these two influences are hard to distinguish. Is the … Continue reading review LE VOILE DE LA PEUR

review L’ETRANGERE


This autobiographical book follows the first volume, that I reviewed last week. This first book ‘La prisonnière‘ Malika Oufkir recounts her life at the court of Moroccon king, where she entered after an adoption. After her father, general Oufkir, had been executed in the days after a coup in 1972. Oufkir’s wife Fatima and her … Continue reading review L’ETRANGERE

review LA PRISONNIERE


In this book Malika Oufkir tells the story of her life. She was born in 1953 in the kingdom of Morocco during the reign of king Mohammed V. She was born into a well-to-do family. Her mother Fatima Chenna came from a rich background. Her father was a soldier who had served abroad, serving the … Continue reading review LA PRISONNIERE