Scholastique Mukasonga: Au Brésil, “une femme noire ne compte pour rien”


There are strong links between the African west coast and the Latin American country Brasil. During m,any centuries there were contacts and Brazilian immigrants put their stamp on the architecture at the coast. Slaves were brought to Brasil to work at the plantations.  The Rwandan writer Scholastique Mukasonga spend time in Brasil and writes in … Continue reading Scholastique Mukasonga: Au Brésil, “une femme noire ne compte pour rien”

Turning the ‘Curse of Ham’ into a blessing


What is your origin? Where do we come from and how does this origin define us? One of the books with a story of origin is the bible. Due to poor exegesis the idea emerged that Africans were cursed, due to their ancestor Ham. How do writers with African roots, from different parts of the … Continue reading Turning the ‘Curse of Ham’ into a blessing

Shortlist announced for the 2016 International Dublin Literary award


Another day. Another list. This time it is the shortlist for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. Ten writers have been shortlisted, some of these names are very famous worldwide. Other names are less known. The names on the shortlist have not been put together by The Dubliners, but by public libraries in a number … Continue reading Shortlist announced for the 2016 International Dublin Literary award

emerging voices 2015


Here is another longlists. This time it is the longlist for the FT / OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards. The world is divided in an emerging world and a non-emerging world. I assume that the last part of pour globe is a submerged world. This emerging world is divided again to make room for certain disciplines. Africa and … Continue reading emerging voices 2015