Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Library Additions

In preparing for next year's Africa Reading Challenge, I have purchased some books that would help me achieve this. Note that these books were purchased based solely on availability. Consequently, I do not know what I am getting into.

  1. Every Man is a Race by Mia Couto (Mozambique, Lusophone Africa): Have heard the name of the author from Kinna.
  2. Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Ghana, Anglophone Africa): purchase of this book was inspired by Kinna of Kinna Reads. Strictly this doesn't qualify for the African Challenge as I have read more authors from Ghana.
  3. The Chattering Wagtails of Mikuyu Prison by Jack Mapajne (Malawi, Anglophone Africa): This is a poetry collection.
  4. Voices Made Night by Mia Couto (Mozambique, Lusophone Africa)
  5. Distant View of a Minaret by Alifa Rifaat (Egypt, Francophone Africa)
  6. Dew in the Morning by Shimmer Chinodya (Zimbabwe, Anglophone Africa): Again strictly this would not have qualified for the African Challenge. However, I have only read and reviewed one Zimbabwean author, Tendai Huchu, though I have Tsitsi's books Nervous Condition and The Book of Not on my shelf.
  7. The Shadow of Imana by Veronique Tadjo (Cote d'Ivoire, Francophone Africa)
  8. Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women's Writing, edited by Yvonne Vera (Various Countries): As a collection of short stories, I believe this would help me sample enough writings from different parts of the continent. Besides, it would broaden my horizon on women writing.
  9. Neighbours: The Story of a Murder by Lilia Momple (Mozambique, Lusophone Africa)
  10. The Return of the Water Spirit by Pepetela (Angola, Lusophone Africa)
  11. A Woman Alone by Bessie Head (Zimbabwe, Anglophone Africa). This is an autobiographical tale of one of Africa's talented writers who tragically died. Her novel A Question of Power was what I was looking for. 
I look forward to an interesting fun-filled reading in 2011. Along with these readings would be books on my Top 100 (African and non-African books) list. I would strive to read more of these books, availability permitting.

6 comments:

  1. Wow what a great list of books! I'm jealous they are all available in your bookstores, but I suppose it makes sense :) I long for the day when they are available in MY bookstore too!! I will be checking online for some of these though based on your reviews :)

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  2. @Amy lol. Definitely you would have my reviews. I hope they would become available over your end soon. However, since most of these are classics, and only reprints are available, I wonder if Amazon and the other booksites have copies to sell. I also find it difficult getting access to the Western Classics (the Great Gatsby, Jane Austen novels etc).

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  3. Hey bro! I see you reading A Man of the People...Great additions to yr library. My only worry is that these are the only kinds of Arican writers available now.

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  4. @Geosi, I hope to finish it my today. Yes. The contemporary ones are difficult to find perhaps because they are not published by the big publishing houses like Heinemann.

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  5. great selection only read two the parkes and momple ,I ve a different Mia couto on my tbr pile sleepwalking land ,wonderful selection I ve just got voices of america by E C Osondu he won caine prize last year ,all the best stu

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  6. @Winstonsdad, thanks. I was looking for that Mia Couto but couldn't get it. I have not read anything from Osondu except one Short Story.

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