La Bastarda: the Equatorial Guinean novel that defied the censor’s order to shut up


This Spanish language novel by Trifonia Melibea Obono from Equatorial Guinea caused a stir. The book has been translated into English (her first book to be translated into English), but has been banned in her own country. The content of this book has a strong homosexual content. It is a book with a personal message … Continue reading La Bastarda: the Equatorial Guinean novel that defied the censor’s order to shut up

i wrote one of my first novels


His early reading was the Bible and the Roman Catholic Prayer Book (Missal). Those were the books that were available in the house he was raised in, in his Equatorial Guinea. Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel also talks in this interview about the books he has read recently.

novel of equatorial guinea


Some writers complain about the western/northern preferences that dictate the writing of African writers. Same song about the Literary Prizes. Next refrain about Literary Festivals.  The minister of Culture and Tourism of Equatorial Guinea Guillermina Mekuy decided to look east, far east and she ended up in China.  Her third novel was published in this … Continue reading novel of equatorial guinea

rain and bamboo


Some people have some bambooshoots in thier garden. The giant panda in China thrive on bamboo. Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, the writer from Equatorial Guinea, takes a closer look at the bamboo he knows. The bamboo as a bed, a hard bed. Just have a closer look at this important bamboo-story. The man has a name … Continue reading rain and bamboo

by night the mountain burns


Here is another story from Equatorial Guinea. The writer is Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel. A trained nurse, he turned to writing. In 2011 he moved into exile, to Barcelona, Spain. It is mentioned in the notes next to the story that in 2011 the president of Spain visited Equatorial Guinea, but in 2011 Spain did … Continue reading by night the mountain burns

government property


I read she is a committed feminist (to seperate her from the non-committed feminists?) and she is a journalist in Equatorial Guinea. She writes shorts stories and nonfiction. Here you find the story by Trifonia Melibea Obono Ntutumu about a taxi-ride.