review EEN VLUCHTELING VOOR ISWALDA


I had never heard the name of the author, Egbert Ausema, before. He published this novel through a publishing house that specialized in authors who want to publish on their own account.  This novel shows us the life of a refugee from Somalia, who recently arrived in The Netherlands. His father was from English descent … Continue reading review EEN VLUCHTELING VOOR ISWALDA

JM Coetzee: A fine mind, a formidable intellect


Writer and lecturer at universities Angelo Fick wrote this article about the eminent writer J.M. Coetzee. Coetzee is approaching his 80th birthday. Fick relates how he first met a book written by Coetzee and how it gripped him.  The article is a bog Thank You, John Coetzee.          

review THE MAP OF LOVE


Let me start with a note of warning: this is a complicated book. Many people populate the pages of this intriguing and well written book by the Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif. She writes about one family that branched out into other continents and people from non-Egyptian descent.  Let me continue with a joyful note: there … Continue reading review THE MAP OF LOVE

BY THE BOOK: Tobias Otieno


How many famous writers will have followed a course on creative writing?  At many universities and other institutions of learning courses in Creative Writing are being offered. One of these universities is Moi University, near Eldoret, Kenya. Tobias Otieno lectures creative writing and he tells in this article about his experiences.  

review A LONG WAY GONE


Wars produce stories. Stories of death and disaster. Stories of lives torn apart. Stories of people who were changed for the remaining part of their lives. The civil war in Sierra Leone produced stories. One of these is the story of Ismael Beah. He for the first time encountered the civil war when he was … Continue reading review A LONG WAY GONE