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Recommended Challenge Books (264)
21.

The Parachute Drop by Norbert Zongo EN

Rating: 2.5     2 Votes
Description:
Norbert Zongo was Burkina Faso's most respected journalist before his politically motivated murder in 1998. This novel is an eerily prophetic narra- tive, foretelling many of the events that preceeded his death. His novel portrays a fictional West African nation named Watinbow led by President Gouama, a man of demonic energy and greed. Toppled in a coup d'etat, he must now confront the people of Watinbow, whom he has betrayed. This rare insight into the psychology of a corrupt African leader will help readers understand the nightmare of contemporary Africa.
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Recommended: 02 Jan 2018

22.

Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution, 1983-87 by Thomas Sankara EN

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Under Sankara's leadership, the revolutionary government of Burkina Faso in West Africa mobilized peasants, workers, women, and youth to carry out literacy and immunization drives; to sink wells, plant trees, build dams, erect housing; to combat the oppression of women and transform exploitative relations on the land; to free themselves from the imperialist yoke and solidarize with others engaged in that fight internationally. Sankara speaks as an outstanding revolutionary leader of working people and youth the world over. Second edition includes a new introduction by editor Michel Prairie, fo... continue
Recommended: 19 Jan 2018

23.
Le mal de peau

Le mal de peau by Monique Ilboudo FR

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Recommended: 25 Jan 2023

24.

Small Country : A Novel by Gaël Faye EN

Rating: 4.3     12 Votes
Country: Africa / Burundi flag Burundi
Description:
Already an international sensation and prize-winning bestseller in France, an evocative coming-of-age story of a young boy, a lost childhood and a shattered homeland. SHORTLISTED FOR THE ALBERTINE PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ESQUIRE • LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION • LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE Burundi, 1992. For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his comfortable expatriate neighborhood of Bujumbura with his French father, Rwandan mother and little sister Ana, is something close to paradise. These are carefree days of laug... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

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This Voice in My Heart : A Runner's Memoir of Genocide, Faith, and Forgiveness by Gilbert Tuhabonye, Gary Brozek EN

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Country: Africa / Burundi flag Burundi
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Recommended: 07 Sep 2022

26.
Baho!

Baho! by Roland Rogero EN

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Country: Africa / Burundi flag Burundi
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Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

27.
Petit pays

Petit pays : roman by Gaël Faye FR

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Country: Africa / Burundi flag Burundi
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"Burundi, 1992. Gabriel a 10 ans. Il vit dans un confortable quartier d'expatriés avec son père français, entrepreneur, sa mère rwandaise et sa petite soeur Ana. Alors que le jeune garçon voit avec inquiétude ses parents se séparer, la guerre civile se profile et, par vagues successives, la violence envahit le quartier. Premier roman." -- various wwbsites
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Recommended: 26 Dec 2022

28.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue EN

Rating: 4     43 Votes
Country: Africa / Cameroon flag Cameroon
Description:
A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The New York Times Book Review • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Chicago Public Library • BookPage • Refinery29 • Kirkus Reviews Jende Jonga, a... continue

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How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue EN

Rating: 4     9 Votes
Country: Africa / Cameroon flag Cameroon
Description:
Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, Imbolo Mbue tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. The country's government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interest only. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back
Recommended: 10 Jun 2022

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Bearing Witness: Poems from a Land in Turmoil

Bearing Witness: Poems from a Land in Turmoil by Joyce Ashuntantang EN

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Country: Africa / Cameroon flag Cameroon
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Recommended: 01 Nov 2022


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