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Cruel City: A Novel

by Mongo Beti & Pim Higginson

Under the pseudonym Eza Boto, Mongo Beti wrote Ville cruelle (Cruel City) in 1954 before he came to the world's attention with the publication of Le pauvre Christ de Bomba (The Poor Christ of Bomba). Cruel City...


A Blade of Grass

by Lewis DeSoto

Märit Laurens is a young woman of British descent who comes to live with her husband, Ben, on their newly purchased farm along the border of South Africa. Shortly after her arrival, violence strikes at the...


Seven Days

by Deon Meyer

In Deon Meyer's Thirteen Hours, which won the Barry Award for Best Thriller in 2011, Cape Town homicide detective Bennie Griessel struggled to solve the murder of an American girl, find her missing friend, and...


The Top Prisoner of C-Max

by Wessel Ebersohn

The far reach of evil from inside a maximum-security jail


A Grain of Wheat

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o & Abdulrazak Gurnah

The best-known novel by the great Kenyan writer

Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been...


Weep Not, Child

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o & Ben Okri

The great Kenyan writer's powerful first novel-his best-known work

Two brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, stand on a garbage heap and look into their futures: Njoroge is to attend school, while Kamau will train to...


Purple Hibiscus: A Novel

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely...


Ambiguous Adventure

by Cheikh Hamidou Kane & Katherine Woods

The celebrated classic by a groundbreaking figure in African literature addresses a critical contemporary issue—the collision of Islamic African values and Western culture.

Hailed by Chinua Achebe as one of...


Heart of the Hunter

by Deon Meyer

Six-foot five-inch Thobela "Tiny" Mpayipheli was once a feared assassin and freedom fighter, trained by the Stasi and KGB. In post-apartheid South Africa, he's happily working in a garage. But Tiny’s quiet...


Anthills of the Savannah

by Chinua Achebe

In the fictional West African nation Kangan, newly independent of British rule, the hopes and dreams of democracy have been quashed by a fierce military dictatorship. Chris Oriko is a member of the cabinet of...


Those Who Love Night

by Wessel Ebersohn

When Abigail Bukula, a young lawyer in the South African Justice Department, learns that the secret son of her aunt, who died in a massacre years ago, has been arrested by the Zimbabwean government, she races...


No Longer at Ease

by Chinua Achebe

The second book in Achebe's "African trilogy": A classic story of personal and moral struggle as well as turbulent social conflict.

When Obi Okonkwo—grandson of Okonkwo, the main character in Things Fall Apart...


Nairobi Heat

by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

A cop from Wisconsin pursues a killer through the terrifying slums of Nairobi and the memories of genocide

IN MADISON, WISCONSIN, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana—who saved hundreds...


Crossbones: A Novel

by Nuruddin Farah

A gripping new novel from today's "most important African novelist" (The New York Times Book Review)

A dozen years after his last visit, Jeebleh returns to his beloved Mogadiscio to see old friends. He is accompanied...


Moffie: A Novel

by Andre Carl van der Merwe

Nicholas van der Swart has always known he is different. Unable to live up to the expectations his family, his heritage and his culture have of him, he grows increasingly diffident and introverted. When, at...


Blessing

by Florence Ndiyah

Fatti Ashi died. Startling her family and community, she comes back to life just a few hours after dying. Blessing chronicles the life of this Fatti Ashi, a young village girl who from the moment she rejoins...


One Day I Will Write About This Place

by Binyavanga Wainaina

*A New York Times Notable Book**A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice**A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year*

Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter...


The Classifier

by Wessel Ebersohn

Growing up and falling in love in a time of racial classification


Talismano (Tunisian Literature Series)

by Abdelwahab Meddeb & Jane Kuntz

A lush journey into a Tunisia of memory and imagination.Talismano is a novelistic exploration of writing seen as a hallucinatory journey through half-remembered, half-imagined cities-in particular, the city...


The October Killings

by Wessel Ebersohn

Abigail Bukula was fifteen years old when her parents were killed in a massacre of antiapartheid activists by white apartheid security forces. Because a young soldier spoke up in her defense, she was spared....