Buchtipps - Moderne afrikanische Literatur

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…
Maya grows up in Germany knowing that her parents are different: from one another, and from the rest of the world. Her reserved, studious father is distant; and her beautiful, volatile mother is a whirlwind, with a penchant for lavish shopping sprees and a mesmerising power for spinning stories of the family's former glory - of what was had, and…
A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history, a dazzling retelling of Liberia's formation. Wayétu Moore's powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia's early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is…
Auf der Insel Pate, vor der Küste Kenias, lebt die eigensinnige Ayaana mit ihrer Mutter Munira. Als ein Matrose namens Muhidin in ihr Leben tritt, findet Ayaana etwas, das sie bislang noch nie hatte und wonach sie sich immer gesehnt hat: einen Vater. Doch als Ayaana erwachsen wird, muss sie mit einschneidenden Ereignissen zurechtkommen, die nicht…
A stunning debut novel, from Rhodes Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Tope Folarin about a Nigerian family living in Utah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life. Sweeping, stirring, and perspective-shifting, A Particular Kind of Black Man is a beautiful and poignant exploration of the meaning of memory,…
Ein in den USA lebender nigerianischer Akademiker besucht seine amerikanische Frau Gina in Berlin. Gina ist Kunststipendiatin und arbeitet derzeit an einem Projekt über Migrant*innen. Auch der Protagonist lernt in Berlin viele afrikanische Immigrant*innen und Geflüchtete kennen und erfährt so von ihren Fluchterlebnissen. Diese Begegnungen führen…
Heralded in the author's native South Africa as "the hottest novel of the year," The Reactive is a clear-eyed and compassionate depiction of a young HIV+ man grappling with the sudden death of his younger brother, for which he feels unduly responsible. Lindanathi and his friends—Cecelia and Ruan—make their living working low-paying jobs…
This dark and suspenseful novel tells the story of a fictitious West African country caught in the grip of civil war. The dispassionate and deadpan narrator, Asante Kroma, is a former head of Secret Services and finds himself living with the corpse of the dictator, a man who once ruled his nation with an iron fist. Through a series of flashbacks…
Three very different men struggle with thoughts of belonging, loss, identity and love as they attempt to find a place for themselves in Britain. The Magistrate tries to create new memories and roots, fusing a wandering exploration of Edinburgh with music. The Maestro, a depressed, quixotic character, sinks out of the real world into the fantastic…
A young woman loses her grip on reality, destroyed by being the mistress of a powerful general. A pastor hides the innocent from marauding gangs hyped up by post-election fervour. A philosophy professor struggles against his better judgment to save everyone but himself. In present-day Nigeria, there are many centres of the universe.…

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