al-koni’s homes

The work of translators is often underestimated. He or she needs to have an intimate knowledge of the book and the subject at hand.  At times I notice that the translator of a book on an African topic is not familiar with certain words and situations and people. In this article Elliott Colla, who translated … Continue reading al-koni’s homes

the death of a strong man

The death of the man hit the headlines. He was the strong man. He was the money launderer. He was the man with the fist. He was the man who siphoned money to far away places. He was the man with an uniform. The young Nigerian writer Chibundu Onuzo writes about this news concerning the … Continue reading the death of a strong man

review WHITES

The American writer Norman Rush (1933) worked during the years 1978-1983 in Botswana as a Peace Corps volunteer. His stay in this southern African country in Botswana is the foundation for six stories in this collection. Each story centers around white people who work in this country and who try in one way or the … Continue reading review WHITES


The first time I saw Yasmine was in a garden at a house in Tanzania. The house was owned by a Dutch tv-icon. At his house he received Dutch writers. One of those writers was Yasmine (1967) from Somalia, who left her country after her father had been killed. Idil is the protagonist of this … Continue reading review IDIL, EEN MEISJE

rereading: to kill a

Some books do deserve a reread.  They have made an impact and you want to relive that feeling of shock, of delight, of alienation for a second, or even maybe a third time. It can also happens that you do not want to reread that book, maybe a second reading will not impress you for … Continue reading rereading: to kill a


Vrouwen staan centraal in deze bundel korte verhalen van de Zuidafrikaanse schrijfster Riana Scheepers. Al sinds eeuwen woont haar voorgeslacht (van Gelderse afkomst) in het zuiden van Afrika. Zij is in 1957 in Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal, geboren. Vorig jaar ben ik nog ruim een week in Vryheid geweest. In haar jeugd had zij veel contact … Continue reading review DULLE GRIET