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The Uncoiling Python

by Harold Scheub

There are many collections of African oral traditions, but few as carefully organized as The Uncoiling Python. Harold Scheub, one of the world?s leading scholars of African oral traditions and folklore, explores...


Your Madness, Not Mine

by Makuchi, & Eloise A. Brière

Women’s writing in Cameroon has so far been dominated by Francophone writers. The short stories in this collection represent the yearnings and vision of an Anglophone woman, who writes both as a Cameroonian...


Dog Eat Dog

by Niq Mhlongo

Dog Eat Dog is a remarkable record of being young in a nation undergoing tremendous turmoil, and provides a glimpse into South Africa?s pivotal kwaito (South African hip-hop) generation and life in Soweto. Set...


After Tears

by Niq Mhlongo

Bafana Kuzwayo is a young man with a weight on his shoulders. After flunking his law studies at the University of Cape Town, he returns home to Soweto, where he must decide how to break the news to his family....


Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature

by Laura T. Murphy

Metaphor and the Slave Trade provides compelling evidence of the hidden but unmistakable traces of the transatlantic slave trade that persist in West African discourse. Through an examination of metaphors that...


The Sacred Door and Other Stories

by Makuchi, & Isidore Okpewho

The Sacred Door and Other Stories: Cameroon Folktales of the Beba offers readers a selection of folktales infused with riddles, proverbs, songs, myths, and legends, using various narrative techniques that capture...


Paper Sons and Daughters

by Ufrieda Ho

Ufrieda Ho’s compelling memoir describes with intimate detail what it was like to come of age in the marginalized Chinese community of Johannesburg during the apartheid era of the 1970s and 1980s. The Chinese...


Thirteen Cents

by K. Sello Duiker & Shaun Viljoen

Every city has an unspoken side. Cape Town, between the picture postcard mountain and sea, has its own shadow: a place of dislocation and uncertainty, dependence and desperation, destruction and survival, gangsters,...


The Conscript

by Gebreyesus Hailu, Ghirmai Negash & Laura Chrisman

Eloquent and thought-provoking, this classic novel by the Eritrean novelist Gebreyesus Hailu, written in Tigrinya in 1927 and published in 1950, is one of the earliest novels written in an African language and...


Sacred River

by Syl Cheney-Coker

The reincarnation of a legendary nineteenth-century Caribbean emperor as a contemporary African leader is at the heart of this novel. Sacred River deals with the extraordinary lives, hopes, powerful myths, stories,...


The Narrative Mediterranean

by Claudia Esposito

The Narrative Mediterranean: Beyond France and the Maghreb examines literary texts by writers from the Maghreb and positions them in direct relation to increasingly querulous debates on the shifting identity...


Virtues  in  African Stories

by Kwame Afadzi Insaidoo

These thrilling, whimsically and action packed anthology of adventurous stories bring to life some vital aspects of traditional African culture. These wonderful African traditional stories offer a rare glimpse...


Traces

by Gamal al-Ghitani & Nader K. Uthman

One of Egypt's greatest contemporary writers reflects on life and love

This haunting memoir, written ten years before Ghitani’s death, weaves together a series of vignettes in a style that mimics the uneven,...


The High Flier and Other Stories

by Jairus Omuteche

The High Flier and Other Stories is a collection of twelve exciting short stories from across Africa. The collection focuses on pertinent issues which touch on social, economic and political aspects of life...


Familiarity Is the Kingdom of the Lost

by Dugmore Boetie, Vusumuzi R. Kumalo, Benjamin N. Lawrance & Nadine Gordimer et al.

A fast-paced romp through apartheid-era South Africa that exemplifies the creative human capacity to overcome seemingly omnipotent enemies and overwhelming odds.

The picaresque hero of this novel, Duggie, is...


Summary of The Vanishing Half

by Alexander Cooper

Summary of The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half, published in June 2020, is the second novel by author Brit Bennett. It became a New York Times bestseller and was selected as a Good Morning America Book Club...


Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness centers around Marlow, an introspective sailor, and his journey up the Congo River to meet Kurtz, reputed to be an idealistic man of great abilities. Marlow takes a job as a riverboat captain...


A Voyage to Abyssinia

by Jeronimo Lobo

Published in 1735, this first edition of Samuel Johnson’s translation of Portuguese Jesuit Jerónimo Lobo’s "A Voyage to Abyssinia" is a harrowing account, both “curious and entertaining,” of Lobo’s...


Escape Velocity

by Charles Portis & Jay Jennings

Collected here in Escape Velocity, edited by Jay Jennings, is his "miscellany" ???? journalism, short fiction, memoir, and even the play Delray's New Moon, published for the first time in this volume.  Portis...


The Columbia Guide to Central African Literature in English Since 1945

by Adrian Roscoe

Columbia's guides to postwar African literature paint a unique portrait of the continent's rich and diverse literary traditions. This volume examines the rapid rise and growth of modern literature in the three...