It took the lawyer and writer 20 years to write this book.It took her 10 years of historical research in libraries.It took her 350 pages to write it down. It brought me a fascinating read. I have read books about David Livingstone, the Scotchman who travelled through southern Africa in the nineteenth century. Who wrote … Continue reading review OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT
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
How many people have travelled from Cape to Cairo over the years? Some have become famous, some have stayed in the background. Some have travelled on foot, some used a pushbike, others used a car. Ton van der Lee has joined the long list of travellers. For the writer of this book Africa was not … Continue reading review DE AFRIKAANSE WEG
On page 259 I saw it with my own eyes. The words: “Ex Africa semper aliquid novi”. One of the forms in which this famous statement has rolled through history. But let me start at the beginning. We do not start in Central Africa but in the British university town Cambridge. The explorer and missionary … Continue reading review The HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITIES’ MISSSION TO CENTRAL AFRICA
Born in Zambia in the year 1980 Namwali Serpell now teaches at the university of California (USA). In this interview she tells how her debut book ‘The Old Drift’ came to be and about her teaching. Before her debut she wrote essays and reviewed books.
You have to teach courses on literature, so what do you read for your classes. Namwali Serpell, who was born in Zambia and lectures in the United States of America, delved into a pile of books and in this article she tells about her journey.