Political genre books (15)

A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season by Andre Brink EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
As startling and powerful as when first published more than two decades ago, André Brink's classic novel, A Dry White Season, is an unflinching and unforgettable look at racial intolerance, the human condition, and the heavy price of morality. Ben Du Toit is a white schoolteacher in suburban Johannesburg in a dark time of intolerance and state-sanctioned apartheid. A simple, apolitical man, he believes in the essential fairness of the South African government and its policies—until the sudden arrest and subsequent "suicide" of a black janitor from Du Toit's school. Haunted by new questions and... continue
Recommended: 10 Jan 2023


Beer in the Snooker Club by Waguih Ghali EN

Rating: 3.6     4 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Behind the bar at Jameel's in Cairo hang two mugs engraved with the names of Ram and Font. During their years together in London, they drank many a pint of Bass from these mugs. But there is no Bass in Nasser's Egypt, so Ram and Font have to make do with a heady mixture of beer, vodka and whisky. Yearning for Bass they long to be far from a revolution that neither serves the people nor allows their rich aunts to live the life of leisure they are accustomed to. Stranded between two cultures, Ram and Font must choose between dangerous political opposition and reluctant acquiescence. First publis... continue
Recommended: 08 Oct 2022

Born of the Sun

Born of the Sun : A Namibian Novel by Joseph Diescho EN

Rating: 3.5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Namibia flag Namibia
This is the revealing story of a dispossessed black majority forced to work in the gold and diamond mines of Namibia and South Africa. (Back cover).
Recommended: 15 Nov 2022

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters : The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns EN

Rating: 3.9     7 Votes
At the heart of Africa is Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal and unstaunchable war in which millions have died. And yet, despite its epic proportions, it has received little sustained media attention. In this deeply reported book, Jason Stearns vividly tells the story of this misunderstood conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. He depicts village pastors who survived massacres, the child soldier assassin of President Kabila, a female Hutu activist who relives the hunting a... continue


Dead Aid – Why Aid is Not Working by Dambisa Moyo EN

Rating: 3     10 Votes
Country: Africa / Zambia flag Zambia
A national bestseller, Dead Aid unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined--and millions continue to suffer. Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers, Dambisa Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world's poorest countries. Much debated in the United States and t... continue
Recommended: 01 Jan 2018


Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Country: Africa / Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 BOOKER PRIZE From the award-winning author of the Booker Prize finalist We Need New Names, an anthropomorphic blockbuster of a novel that chronicles the fall of an oppressive regime, and the chaotic, kinetic potential for real liberation that rises in its wake. Glory centres around the unexpected fall of Old Horse, a long-serving, tyrannical leader of the fictional country of Jidada, and the drama that follows for a rumbustious nation of animals on the precarious path to freedom. Inspired by the unexpected fall by coup, in November 2017, of Robert Mugabe—Zimbabwe’s pres... continue

Les jardins du roi

Les jardins du roi : Oufkir, Hassan II et nous by Fatéma Oufkir FR

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Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
En 1991, Fatéma Oufkir et ses enfants recouvrent la liberté, après dix-neuf ans d'une détention inique. Leur crime ? Avoir eu pour mari et pour père le général Oufkir, ministre de l'Intérieur marocain, " suicidé " en 1972 à l'issue d'un putsch manqué contre le roi Hassan Il. Un destin qu'était loin d'imaginer l'adolescente Fatéma, lorsque, dans les années 50, ce jeune Officier, farouche partisan de l'indépendance, la demanda en mariage. Après l'accession au trône de Mohammed V, Fatéma devient l'une des personnalités choyées de la cour, en tant qu'épouse d'un des plus grands serviteurs de l'Eta... continue

The Colonizer and the Colonized

The Colonizer and the Colonized by Albert Memmi EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Tunisia flag Tunisia
Albert Memmi's classic work stands as one of the most powerful and psychologically penetrating studies of colonial oppression ever written. Dissecting the minds of both the oppressor and the oppressed, Memmi reveals truths about the colonial situation and struggle that are as relevant today as they were five decades ago.Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer's new critical Introduction draws Memmi into the 21st century by reflecting on his achievements and highlighting his omissions. In doing so she opens new avenues of enquiry for scholars and students, and exposes new directions for activists seekin... continue
Recommended: 06 Jan 2023


The Hidden Face of Eve : Women in the Arab World by Nawal El Saadawi, Nawāl Saʻdāwī EN

Rating: 4.5     3 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
This powerful account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering. She goes on explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature.... continue
Recommended: 07 Sep 2022

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