Buchtipps - Moderne afrikanische Literatur

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.

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, manhood, home, and identity as seen through the eyes of a first-generation #Nigerian-American.

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.

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 and selling anti-retroviral drugs (during the period in South Africa before ARVs became broadly distributed).

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 and letters penned by the dictator, N'Zo Nikiema, readers discover the role of the French shadow leader, Pierre Castaneda, whose ongoing ambition to exploit the natural resources of the country knows no limits.

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 world of literature. The Mathematician, full of youth, follows a carefree, hedonistic lifestyle, until their three universes collide.

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.

The history of Credit Gone West, a squalid Congolese bar, is related by one of its most loyal customers, Broken Glass, who has been commissioned by its owner to set down an account of the characters who frequent it. Broken Glass himself is a disgraced alcoholic school teacher with a love of French language and literature which he has largely failed to communicate to his pupils but which he displays in the pages of his notebook. The notebook is also a farewell to the bar and to his fellow drinkers.

A dazzling, genre-defying novel in verse, full of trial and sacrifice, The Perfect Nine is a glorious epic about the founding of Kenya's Gikuyu people and the ideals of beauty, courage and unity. 'One of the greatest writers of our time' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Eine junge Frau schreibt um ihr Leben - vor dem Hintergrund der schillernden Geschichte Simbabwes erzählt Petina Gappah in ihrem hoch gelobten Debütroman vom Schicksal einer Außenseiterin und davon, wie sehr die Erinnerung den Menschen trügen kann. Sie heißt Memory, sitzt in der Todeszelle in Simbabwes berüchtigtem Gefängnis Chikurubi und schreibt für eine amerikanische Reporterin die Geschichte ihres Lebens auf. Memory ist eine weiße Schwarze, eine Albino-Frau, die bis zu ihrem neunten Lebensjahr in Armut aufwuchs.