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Buchtipps - Moderne afrikanische Literatur

"There are things even love can't do ...If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it's in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn't mean it's no longer love ..." Als Akin und Yejinde heiraten sind sie sich einig, Polygamie kommt für sie nicht in Frage. Doch die Jahre vergehen und Yejinde wird nicht schwanger. Dann zieht Funmi ein, Akins Zweitfrau.

Meet the man of the house: Plump and prosperous, he has seven children, but his desire for more just might be his undoing. And his wives: The first will stop at nothing to rule the house. The second is shy and timid - her life is shadowed by fear. The third is a schemer with crimson lips and expensive tastes and the fourth doesn't know it, but she has the power to unmask them all. We highly recommend Lola Shoneyin's debut novel "The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives". A funny, gripping and moving portrait of a Nigerian family including secrets, rivalries and love, beautifully written.

One year ago, South African author Zakes Mda was one of our guests at the African Book Festival. Born in 1948, he es best known as a playwright, he has now also written several internationally acclaimed novels. This is one of them: THE SCULPTORS OF MAPUNGUBWE.