Wednesday, July 09, 2008

My New African Fiction Shelf

I have recently developed an interest in the work of African writers, particularly (although not exclusively) fiction and have been attempting to build a collection of such work.  Some of these I've mentioned before in earlier posts.  I haven't read all of them as of yet by any means, although I'm working on it.  Those I have read and particularly liked and recommend are marked by an asterisk.
 The list is organized by countries, in no particular order.

*God's Bits of Wood By Sembene Ousmane 

The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola

*Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe
*Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe
*Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

The Famished Road by Ben Oki

*Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

*Weep Not, Child by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
*The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah

The Dilemma of a Ghost  and Anowa (two plays) by Ama Ata Aidoo

*When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head

Zenzele:  A Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire

Without a Name and Under the Tongue by Yvonne Vera
*Butterfly Burning by Yvonne Vera

Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

South Africa:
*Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Life & Times of Michael K. by J. M. Coetzee
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

The Conservationist by  Nadine Gordimer
*July's People by Nadine Gordimer

*Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz:
*Palace of Desire  
*Palace Walk
*Sugar Street
*Arabian Days and Nights by Naguib Mahfouz


Blogger Bud Parr said...

You might like my friend Geoff's book A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books that capture the spirit of Africa.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Hedgie said...

Thanks; I'll take a look t that.

8:09 AM  

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