this week in fiction: nuruddin farah


The Somali-born writer Nuruddin Farah recently published another novel, “The start of the affair” (do I hear Graham Greene in the title “The end of the affair”?). South Africa is one of the abodes of Farah, and the book is about a South African restaurant owner, with a completely different background. He (i.e. Farah) is … Continue reading this week in fiction: nuruddin farah

interview: miral al-tahawy


Her roots are firmly set in the Egyptian desert. At later life she entered the life of American society. Now she is an assistant professor at Arizon University (United States of America), where she teaches Arabic language and culture.  Miral al-Tahawy  is interviewed by Aaron Bady, and they use Skype. 

interview: laila lalami


This is an installment of a series of interviews with writers who have African roots. Aaron Bady is the one who does the questions, but at times he seems to be a bit of a lawyer of the writers as well. He does not take lightly a critical review of a book by one of … Continue reading interview: laila lalami

emerging from the shadows


Maaza Mengiste talks about her research in Italian archives to find out more about the Italian occupation of Ethiopia, during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Mussolini was ruling Italy and he needed some more space, but most of Africa already had been taken over by other western powers, so he set his eyes on Ethiopia, independent … Continue reading emerging from the shadows