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Buchtipps - Moderne afrikanische Literatur

Herzlichen Glückwunsch an Abdulrazak Gurnah zum Literaturnobelpreis 2021!  Zehn Romane, zahlreiche Kurzgeschichten und wissenschaftliche Artikel publizierte der Schriftsteller und Literaturwissenschaftler in seiner über 30-jährigen Karriere.

Published by Indigo Press in 2018, Silence is my mother Tongue is Sulaiman Addonia's second novel. Even though the book is not autobiographical, it is possible to make references to Addonia's life experiences: Having fled Eritrea as a child after the Om Hajar massacre in 1976, he spent his early years in a refugee camp in Sudan. A refugee camp in East Africa is also the setting of the novel, whose main character is the young girl Saba, who had to flee with her family abandoning her education and books in this desperate situation.

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 dealing with other issues of family, race, immigrant life and love.

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 into reality. Telling the story of the Angolan journalist Daniel Benchimol who is just unpleasantly divorced and is over and over again of an elegant woman, Agualusa sets the very beginning of his novel.

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 known as one of the leading literary voices in Angola and the Portuguese-speaking world.

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel Tram 83, published by Editions Metailie in 2014, has received numerous awards and was among them longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2015 and awarded the Etisalat Prize for Literature. Referred to as a piece of literary world music, the rhythmically written novel by the Congolese author is focussing on the topic of post-colonialism.

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 Bürgerkriegs, Landbesitzer oder Generäle, sind auf der Suche nach einer neuen Identität mit glorreichen und gut dokumentierten Vergangenheiten.

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 in der Abflughalle des Flughafens angesprochen, ihn bedrängt und pikante Details aus den Hinterzimmern der politischen Elite erzählt.

An affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative Northern Nigeria. Brought together in unusual circumstances, Binta and Reza faced a need they could only satisfy in each other. Binta – previously reconciled with God – now yearns for intimacy after the sexual repression of her marriage, the pain of losing her first son and the privations of widowhood. Meanwhile, Reza’s heart lies empty and waiting to be filled due to the absence of a mother.

"Way back home" by Niq Mhlongo is a refreshing novel about problems and hopes in today's South Africa. The main character of the novel, which is set in Johannesburg, is Kimathi Tito, who has it all. As a child of the revolution, born in exile in Tanzania, he has steadily accumulated wealth and influence since arriving in South Africa in 1991. But even though everything appears just peachy from outside the walls of his mansion in Bassonia, things are far from perfect for Comrade Kimathi.