Buchtipps - African Book Festival 2021

Dem Schriftsteller Bartolomeu Falcato fällt eine Frau buchstäblich vor die Füße. Allerdings nicht aus heiterem Himmel, sondern aus einem Unwetter heraus, und es ist klar, dass sie nicht freiwillig gestürzt ist. Bei der Toten handelt es sich um Núbia de Matos, Model und angebliche Ex-Geliebte der Präsidentin. Nur fünf Tage zuvor hatte sie Falcato…
More than a decade ago Marita van der Vyver emigrated to France where she married a Frenchman and settled in the scenic countryside of Provence. Having become famous for a novel built on fairy tales, her life resembles that of a princess meeting her Prince Charming. Several bestsellers, much living and loving, and years later, they move – to…
Willem Prins wanders the streets of Paris, disillusioned and glum. Once, he showed great promise as a South African writer of distinction, but years of disappointment have left their mark. Drowning himself in the Seine may well be the only option left to drive up his book sales. His reason for being in Paris – the French translation of an erotic…
In Port Harcourt at the height of the kidnap of oil workers in the Niger Delta, a kidnapping goes awry, and four lives are reconnected. Douye aka Doughboy the career militant responsible for the crime, Amaibi the gentle university professor / eco-warrior accused. Kaniye the lawyer turned restaurateur who tries to get him off and Tubo an amoral oil…
In this stunning debut novel—a tale of self-discovery and feminist awakening—a feisty Nigerian-Ghanaian girl growing up amid the political upheaval of late 1960s postcolonial Ghana begins to question the hypocrisy of her patriarchal society, and the restrictions and unrealistic expectations placed on women. Young Esi Agyekum is the unofficial “…
For any reader craving suspense, Leye Adenle's "Easy Motion Tourist" is a masterpiece to quench your thirst. British journalist Guy Collins stumbles clumsily into police suspicions when the mutilated body of a young woman is found outside a drinking joint in Lagos. Under false pretences the mysterious Amaka convinces authorities to release Guy…
Der lang erwartete erste Roman der Bachmann-Preisträgerin Sharon Dodua Otoo Sharon Dodua Otoos Mut und ihre Lust zu erzählen, ihre Neugier, die Gegenwart zu verstehen, machen atemlos. In ihrer Welt hängt alles am seidenen Faden, es droht zu fallen, und doch bleibt es auf wundersame Weise in der Schwebe. So wie Ada, um die sich Otoos erster…
Seraphin Turihamwe is a young man whose life is characterised by movement. After leaving Rwanda under duress and never feeling designed to push people like him out. Through his interactions with a few reluctant mentors, loyal friends and the women he carries on relationships with, he explores and performs different parts of his identity while…
A letter among her deceased ex-husband’s belongings rips open Theresa’s world. For years she has turned her back on Theo, a man who spent the last two decades of his life institutionalised, and on their shared past in a country where teenage boys were conscripted to fight on ‘the Border’ in a war that those back home knew little about. Least of…
A Broken People’s Playlist is a collection of short stories with underlying themes so beautifully woven that each story flows into the other seamlessly. From its poignant beginning in “Lost Stars” a story about love and it’s fleeting, transient nature to the gritty, raw musical prose encapsulated in “In The City”, a tale of survival set in the…

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