review THE HIRED MAN


Let us go to the small town of Gost, set in the small country of Croatia. This town and its dwindling population have weathered the civil war raging Yugoslavia or what is left of it. Many people have lost their life or have moved to the coast where tourism is on its way back. The … Continue reading review THE HIRED MAN

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

‘My own books make me cry as I write – it’s pathetic’


There is a book she has underrated. It is book written by the Nigerian author Helon Habila. The book  was published in 2002. This comment was made by the Sierra Leonian Scottish writer Aminatta Forna. She made this comment and other comments about books in her life in this interview. 

Meet the writers: Aminatta Forna


This is a nice interview with the BBC, in the series Meet the Writers. The Scottish / Sierra Leonan writer Aminatta telles about her life, her parents, her writing and a few other things. Normally we read the words of writers, now you have the opportunity to hear the words of this writer. Take your … Continue reading Meet the writers: Aminatta Forna

DE LANGE WEG


My secondhand copy of this book (The Long Road) has been signed by the writer Bruce Cerew in 2010, in the Dutch town of Ede. He travelled a long way to get to The Netherlands. I assume that this book is an autobiography, in which Bruce writes about his life in Nigeria (where he was … Continue reading DE LANGE WEG

In Conversation with Hisham Matar


The followers of this blog who live in Washington (The United States of America) will have the opportunity to meet the writer Hisham Matar who will talk about his latest book, concerning the disappearance of his father, a Libyan. The meeting will be moderated by the British writer Aminatta Forna, she will have a moderating … Continue reading In Conversation with Hisham Matar