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 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 DE KELDERS VAN CONGO


Would you volonteer to spend one month in a prison? This just what the Belgian journalist Jan de Cock did. He had written a book about prisons on several continents. This book carried the title Hotel Prison. Now he decided to take a different angle to prison life, not to write from the perspective from … Continue reading review DE KELDERS VAN CONGO

review CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF


Over the years there has been a steady stream of books on the life and times of the South African prisoner and politician Nelson Mandela. In this heavy book Mandela is conversing with himself. But do not forget that he is talking also with other people. During his lifetime he kept notes, not always on … Continue reading review CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF

review MAFEKING


This is the third book that I have read in a short time about the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). First a book about the Boer War by Bossenbroek, next to that I read the diary of Sol T. Plaatje about the siege of Mafeking. This third book is about the very same siege of Mafeking, written … Continue reading review MAFEKING

review CAPE TOWN COOLIE


The London-born writer Réshard Gool (1931 – ?) describes  in this novel ‘Cape Town Coolie’ a vibrant community in Cape Town, at the southern most tip of South Africa. People from all different kinds of backgrounds and status in life and education mix freely and enjoy life and love.  The novel is set in the … Continue reading review CAPE TOWN COOLIE