Buchtipps - African Book Festival 2021

KALAF is best known as one of the founding MCs of Buraka Som Sistema, a rambunctious music project that burst out of a Lisbon nightclub and onto the global stage in 2006. The group fused contemporary European electronic dance music with kuduro, a frantic Angolan dance beat developed when Kalaf was growing up there in the 1980s. Their bringing…
Im Dezember 2007 in Kenia findet gerade ein von Gewalttaten begleiteter Wahlkampf statt, in den USA erklärt (der Halbkenianer) Barack Obama seine Präsidentschaftskandidatur untersuchen Ishmael und O, zwei Detectives, den Mord an einem großen, schwarzen Mann im berüchtigten Ngong-Wald, außerhalb Nairobis. Als sie nach Nairobi zurückkommen,…
In September 2018, the Goethe Institut announced a new project for writers of young adult fiction on the continent. The project called AfroYoungAdult, coordinated by publisher and novelist Zukiswa Wanner, aimed at shining a light on fiction for young adults, a demographic often ignored in writing circles. To this end, the Goethe-Institut invited…
Der 2004 bei Gryphus erschienene, preisgekrönte Roman O Vendedor de Passados (Das Lachen des Geckos) spielt in Angola, wobei die Hauptfigur Félix Ventura eine recht ungewöhnliche Arbeit hat: Er handelt mit erfundenen Vergangenheiten. Alle seine Auftraggeber, wie unter anderem Minister mit oft unrühmlicher Geschichte während des angolanischen…
The novel "The Society of Reluctant Dreamers" published in 2017 by Quetzal confirms the extraordinary talent of José Eduardo Agualusa in elaborating political topics in a poetically written way. Addressing the past present and future on politics in Angola, José Eduardo Agualusa chooses to navigate the reader through dreams until they are melting…
Published in 2016 by Éditions Grasset & Fasquelle Gaël Faye’s debut novel titled Petit pays was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens and received the FNAC literary award. Translated into 35 languages it was published as Small Country in English in 2018. Even though the story is not autobiographical it is inspired by the author’s life…
Teoria Geral do Esquecimento (A General Theory of Oblivion, Vintage 2016) published by Publicações Dom Quixote in 2012 is one of José Eduardo Agualusas multiple awarded and outstanding novels. Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2016 and winner of the International Dublin Literary award 2017, this novel made José Eduardo Agualusa…
Since Sulaiman Addonia lived and studied in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in his early teens, his debut novel The Consequences of Love (Die Leibenden von Dschidda, Hoffmann und Camps 2009) published by Chatto and Windus in 2008 offers authentic insides of the life in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s. Playing during this time the novel tells the story of the…
In the first-ever print and entirely nonfiction issue, Bakwa explores what it means to travel as an African. Herein are stories about passport privilege and air and road trips to destinations diverse and peculiar—from Douala, Lagos, Lisbon, through Berlin, Sylt, Maputo to Kousseri. A journey down memory lane with the inglorious history of an…
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…

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