review 2084 – LA FIN DU MONDE


Forget about 1984?Forget about George Orwell? Read 2084!Remember Boualem Sansal! Do you want to know what can happen later on in this century? Maybe during your lifetime? Or just a few years after your death? Read this fascinating novel by the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal. Let us travel to Abistan. In this country people serve … Continue reading review 2084 – LA FIN DU MONDE

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 MIT LIV SOM BARNESOLDAT I UGANDA


According to China Keitetsi Yoweri Museveni was the inventor of child soldiers. When Museveni was fighting in the bush of Uganda he made extensive use of children to fight his war against the sitting powers in order to reach himself the zenith of power in Uganda. Thousands of children took part in the fighting, were … Continue reading review MIT LIV SOM BARNESOLDAT I UGANDA

review LEOPARDENS ÖGA


The Swedish writer Hennning Mankell (1948 – 2015) has left an extensive oeuvre. One ofg his most characters he created was Inspector Kurt Wallander who managed to solve many riddles connected with crimes in Sweden. Mankell not only wrote about Sweden, but he wrote as well about what he encountered in several African countries. He … Continue reading review LEOPARDENS ÖGA

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 DIE VROU WAT HAAR VERKYKER VERGEET HET


Marlene van Niekerk is a respected writer from South Africa, who writes in the Afrikaner language, one of the official languages in this country. I was very impressed by her novel Agaat, a story of two women, bound together from different backgrounds and different positions in life.“Die vrou wat haar verkyker vergeet het” (“The woman … Continue reading review DIE VROU WAT HAAR VERKYKER VERGEET HET