Popular African Feminism Books

Find feminism books written by authors from Africa for the next part of the Read Around The World Challenge. (18)

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Butter Honey Pig Bread : A Novel by Francesca Ekwuyasi EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
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Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, Governor General's Literary Award, and Amazon Canada First Novel Award; Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Spanning three continents, Butter Honey Pig Bread tells the interconnected stories of three Nigerian women: Kambirinachi and her twin daughters, Kehinde and Taiye. Kambirinachi believes that she is an Ogbanje, or an Abiku, a non-human spirit that plagues a family with misfortune by being born and then dying in childhood to cause a human mother misery. She has made the unnatural choice of staying alive to love her human family but lives in fear of t... continue

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Condiciones nerviosas by Tsitsi Dangarembga ES

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe
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Condiciones nerviosas es una de las obras maestras de la literatura africana contemporánea. Tambu, una campesina pobre de Zimbabue, pertenece, como la autora misma, a la generación que, entre la infancia y la primera juventud, asistió al tramo final de las luchas contra el régimen de la minoría blanca que culminan, en 1980, con la formación del primer gobierno negro. La lucha de Tambu por acceder a una buena educación simboliza la trayectoria de una colectividad nacional que conoce cambios profundos en la transición entre las incertidumbres de la lucha contra el colonialismo y las incertidumbr... continue

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Dreams Of Trespass : Tales Of A Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi EN

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Country: Africa / Morocco flag Morocco
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This "wonderful and enchanting" memoir tells the revelatory true story of one Muslim girl's life in her family's French Moroccan harem, set against the backdrop of World War II (The New York Times Book Review). "I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco..." So begins Fatima Mernissi in this illuminating narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. In Dreams of Trespass, Mernissi weaves her own memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth -- women who, without access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer i... continue

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Ghost Season : A Novel by Fatin Abbas EN

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Country: Africa / Sudan flag Sudan
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A dynamic, beautifully orchestrated debut novel connecting five characters caught in the crosshairs of conflict on the Sudanese border. A mysterious burnt corpse appears one morning in Saraaya, a remote border town between northern and southern Sudan. For five strangers on an NGO compound, the discovery foreshadows trouble to come. South Sudanese translator William connects the corpse to the sudden disappearance of cook Layla, a northern nomad with whom he’s fallen in love. Meanwhile, Sudanese American filmmaker Dena struggles to connect to her unfamiliar homeland, and white midwestern aid wor... continue

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Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
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Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy. Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have ... continue

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Love and Justice: A Journey of Empowerment, Activism, and Embracing Black Beauty by Laetitia Ky EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Ivory Coast flag Ivory Coast
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"The personal story in words and photos of artist and activist Laetitia Ky, known for sculpting her own hair to create powerful and joyful artwork that embraces the beauty of Black hair and style, the fight for social justice, and the journey toward self-love"--

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Memoirs of a Woman Doctor by Nawal el Saadawi EN

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Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
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A young Egyptian woman clashes with her traditional family when she chooses a career in medicine. Rather than submit to an arranged marriage and motherhood, she cuts her hair short and works fiercely to realise her dreams. At medical school, she begins to understand the mysteries of the human body. After years of denying her own desires, the doctor begins a series of love affairs that allow her to explore her sexuality – on her own terms.

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Mi carta más larga by Mariama Ba ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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Mi carta más larga está considerada como una de las novelas más importantes de la literatura africana, por cómo su autora, Mariama Bâ, aborda la situación de las mujeres de Senegal. Durante su encierro tradicional a raíz de su viudez, Ramatoulaye escribe a Aïssatou, su mejor amiga que vive fuera del país. Esta carta es una reflexión de cómo ha sido la vida de la protagonista, su visión personal sobre los matrimonios forzados, la injusticia social que viven las mujeres y el sentimiento de desamor y engaño... continue

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Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
Country: Africa / Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe
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A modern classic from the Booker-shortlisted author of This Mournable Body The groundbreaking first novel in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s award-winning trilogy, Nervous Conditions, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and has been “hailed as one of the 20th century’s most significant works of African literature” (The New York Times). Two decades before Zimbabwe would win independence and ended white minority rule, thirteen-year-old Tambudzai Sigauke embarks on her education. On her shoulders rest the economic hopes of her parents, siblings, and extended family, and within her burns the desire for indepe... continue

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Règles douloureuses

Règles douloureuses by Kopano Matlwa FR

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Nous sommes en 2015, en Afrique du Sud. Des années durant, Masechaba a souffert de douleurs chroniques liées à une endométriose. Le sang a forgé son caractère, non seulement il a fait d'elle une personne solitaire, presque craintive, mais il l'a aussi poussé à devenir médecin. Quand débute le roman, elle est interne dans un hôpital. Dans le flux ininterrompu des patients, elle s'interroge sur sa capacité à les aimer tous, à leur donner toutes ses forces, tout son dévouement. E... continue