Read Around Africa Challenge

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

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Recommended Challenge Books (291)
11.
The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra EN

Rating: 4     25 Votes
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples to offer an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.
Recommended: 17 Apr 2023

12.
The Angels Die

The Angels Die by Yasmina Khadra EN

Rating: 3     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
"A writer who can understand man wherever he is."--The New York Times "Khadra's prose is gentle and precise."--The New Yorker As a child living in a ghetto, Turambo dreamt of a better future. When his family find a home in the city anything seems possible. Through a succession of menial jobs, the constants for Turambo are rage at the injustice surrounding him, and a reliable left hook. A boxing apprenticeship offers Turambo a choice. Yasmina Khadra is the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul. He is the author of more than twenty novels, including The Swallows of Kabul.
Recommended: 17 Apr 2023

13.
The Attack

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra EN

Rating: 3     19 Votes
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
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Recommended: 25 May 2023

14.

A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2017 A finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2016 The brilliant new novel from the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. On the eve of Angolan independence, Ludo bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years. She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy by writing her story on the walls of her home. The outside world slowly seeps into Ludo’s life through snippets on the radio, voices from next door, glimpses of a man fleeing his... continue
Recommended: 12 Jan 2018

15.

Good morning comrades : a novel by Ondjaki EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
Told in a charming and original voice, Good Morning Comrades is the story of a group of friends who create a perfect childhood in a revolutionary socialist country fighting a bitter war. An internationally acclaimed novel, already published in half a dozen countries, Good Morning Comrades is an unforgettable book by one of Africa's most exciting young writers.
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

16.
Het labyrint van Luanda

Het labyrint van Luanda by José Eduardo Agualusa NL

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Recommended: 20 Nov 2022

17.
My Father's Wives

My Father's Wives by José Eduardo Agualusa EN

Rating: 3.5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
Celebrated Angolan musician Faustino Manso has just died, leaving seven wives and eighteen children scattered across southern Africa. His youngest daughter, Laurentina, arrives in Angola from her home in Portugal to trace the story of the father she never knew. My Father's Wives is the story of Laurentina's journey, but this fiction also runs in parallel with Jose Eduardo Agualusa's story of the novel's genesis, as writer and characters travel the southern African coast, from Angola, through Namibia and South Africa, to Mozambique, meeting extraordinary people and discovering Faustino's secret... continue
Recommended: 26 Dec 2022

18.
The Book of Chameleons

The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
This unusual novel about the landscape of memory and its inconsistencies follows Felix Ventura as he trades in a curious commodity—he sells people different pasts. He can create entirely new pasts full of better memories and complete with new lineage or augment existing pasts as needed. Narrated by an exceptionally articulate and rather friendly lizard that lives on Felix’s living-room wall, this richly detailed story explores how people can remember things that never happened—and with extraordinary vividness—even as they forget things that did in fact occur.
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Recommended: 13 Apr 2023

19.

Autobiography of the Lower East Side : A Novel in Short Stories by Rashidah Ismaili EN

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Country: Africa / Benin flag Benin
Description:
"This well established poet makes a brilliant debut in fiction with these complex, poetically detailed, interrelated stories of Blacks from Africa, the Caribbean and the USA who converge and form an artistic community in the early 1960s in the most easterly regions of Alphabet City ." -David Henderson, author of 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky "Ismaili charts the lower East side just prior to the turbulent, revolutionary Sixties, when the influence of Leroi Jones and the Black Arts Movement signaled a cultural sea-change. Her characters persevere through desertion, loss, abandonment and betraya... continue
Recommended: 10 Mar 2022

20.

Historical Dictionary of Benin by Mathurin C. Houngnikpo, Samuel Decalo EN

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Country: Africa / Benin flag Benin
Description:
Benin is now perceived of as a model of democracy in Africa because it has successfully established a democratic political system based on consensus and regular and fair elections, and it continues to improve its electoral and parliamentary systems. Since its democracy it has taken important steps towards laying the foundation for the rule of law by establishing stable political institutions that can withstand the test of time. It has also engaged in an important legal, institutional, and regulatory reform to establish a more favorable environment for private initiative. The fourth edition of ... continue
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Recommended: 10 Mar 2022


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