Read Around Africa Challenge

Most Popular Book
Born a Crime


54 countries in Africa means 54 books to read for this challenge.
Reading progress by all challenge participants
3.2%
96.8%

Read Around Africa Challenge

Read at least one book by an author from each country in Africa.

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Best books from Africa (680)
1.

Nedjma by Kateb Yacine EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Nedjma is a masterpiece of North African writing. Its intricate plot involves four men in love with the beautiful woman whose name serves as the title of the novel. Nedjma is the central figure of this disorienting novel, but more than the unfortunate wife of a man she does not love, more than the unwilling cause of rivalry among many suitors, Nedjma is the symbol of Algeria. Kateb has crafted a novel that is the saga of the founding ancestors of Algeria through the conquest of Numidia by the Romans, the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, and French colonial conquest. Nedjma is symbolic of the r... continue

2.

Ce que le jour doit à la nuit by Yasmina Arcady FR

Rating: 4.5 (2 votes)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Roman d'amour. Roman historique.
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3.

The Outsider by Albert Camus EN

Rating: 4 (7 votes)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Translated from the French by Joseph Laredo. Modern classic.

4.

The Stranger by Albert Camus EN

Rating: 4 (46 votes)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
With the intrigue of a psychological thriller, Camus's masterpiece gives us the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach. Behind the intrigue, Camus explores what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd" and describes the condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life. First published in 1946; now in translation by Matthew Ward.

5.

Meursault, contre-enquête by Kamel Daoud FR

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Il est le frère de "l'Arabe" tué par un certain Meursault dont le crime est relaté dans un célèbre roman du XXe siècle. Soixante-dix ans après les faits, Haroun redonne un nom et une histoire à Moussa, mort par hasard sur une plage d'Alger trop ensoleillée. Soir après soir, dans un bar d'Oran, le vieillard rumine sa solitude, sa colère contre les hommes qui ont tant besoin d'un dieu, son désarroi face à un pays qui l'a déçu. Etranger parmi les siens, rage et frustration inentamées, il voudrait clore cette histoire et mourir enfin. Hommage en forme de contrepoint rendu à L'Etranger d'Albert Cam... continue

6.

In The Name of God by Yasmina Khadra EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Imagine becoming accustomed to terror on a daily basis. Imagine finding it normal to betray your neighbor. Imagine your worst fears being replaced by complacency, your natural compassion by cold indifference. In the Name of God illustrates the way evil can become a part of everyday life. And it is the story of Algeria today.

7.

Toute une vie ne suffirait pas pour en parler : nouvelles by Adélaïde Fassinou FR

0 Ratings
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Ah! les femmes et l' amour ... Toute une vie ne suffirait pas pour en parler. Sinon comment comprendre que Maguy veuille en finir avec la vie parce que J.J. ne voulait plus d' elle. elle était devenue trop grosse ... Et Nani alors! La jalousie au singulier pluriel. Huit récits tirés de l' imaginaire de l' auteur, reflet de l' existence humaine, forment la trame de ce recueil de nouvelles.
Genre
Tags: Set in Benin

8.

A Bookshop in Algiers by Kaouther Adimi EN

Rating: 5 (2 votes)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
In 1936, a young dreamer named Edmond Charlot opened a modest bookshop in Algiers. Once the heart of Algerian cultural life, where Camus launched his first book and the Free French printed propaganda during the war, Charlot's beloved bookshop has been closed for decades, living on as a government lending library. Now it is to be shuttered forever. But as a young man named Ryad empties it of its books, he begins to understand that a bookshop can be much more than just a shop that sells books. A Bookshop in Algiers charts the changing fortunes of Charlot's bookshop through the polit... continue

9.

The Lovers of Algeria : A Novel by Anouar Benmalek EN

0 Ratings
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Nine-year-old Jallal is old enough to know that his life in Algeria is precarious at best - friends are as likely to kill you as save you. Having run away from home, he lives by selling peanuts and single cigarettes on the street. The proposal by the elderly Swiss woman named Anna is shocking and preposterous: travel with her through war-ravaged lands, as a translator, so she can find her lost husband and pray over the graves of their murdered children. To Anna, however, the risk is no less than when they first met in Algeria during yet another time of unspeakable terror decades ago. As Anna a... continue

10.

What the Day Owes the Night by Yasmina Khadra EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
As a young man Younes' life is irrevocably changed when he leaves his broken home for the vibrant, colourful and affluent European district of Rio Salado. Renamed Jonas, he begins a new life and forges a unique friendship with a group of boys, an enduring bond that nothing - not even the Algerian Revolt - will shake.