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    African literature

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by PrincessGarnet, Dec 17, 2007.

    Anyone ever read a fictional book written by an African author? I'm interested in the continent and thought it might be good to read some literature. I have a few recommendations from my tutor, but I was wondering if anyone here had come across anything interesting?
     
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    anything by the south african author alan paton is good... same goes for fugard, gordimer, coetzee... and michener's 'covenant' is a compelling and comprehensive history of the various south african peoples... but if you meant only black african authors, then you should check out nobel laureate wole soyinka's work...
     
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    Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche was amazing, and is truly one of the best books I've ever read.
    Anything by Chinua Achebe is a MUST. I would start with Things Fall Apart or Arrow of God.
    Goodluck
     
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    This wasn't by an African author, but it shows the cruelty that South Africans faced in the early 1940's. It's called 'The Power of One' by Bryce Courtenay
     
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    What about Nadine Gordimer?
     
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    Achebe is a great writer, I would recommend as a good diving point Things Fall Apart, it is a great read and probably is his most popular novel.
     
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    Also, I'm not sure if you mean African in the terms of the continent, or if you also want to include African-American writing that keeps roots in the traditional African lifestyles in America. This would include Toni Morrison, Patricia Smith (well.. poetry), among many others...
     
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    The only thing I've read is Achebe's Things Fall Apart, and like the others, I recommend it as a starting place.
     

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