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51.

How Dare The Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana EN

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Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

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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
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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

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In the United States of Africa by Abdourahman A. Waberi, David Ball EN

Rating: 3     5 Votes
Country: Africa / Djibouti flag Djibouti
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Djibouti-born Waberi's brief and concentrated tale-part satire, part fable, part fever-dream-imagines the world turned upside down: a war rages between Quebec and the American Midwest, and all of "Euramerica" is a dark, barbaric hellhole.
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

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Transit : A Novel by Abdourahman A. Waberi, David Ball, Nicole Ball EN

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Country: Africa / Djibouti flag Djibouti
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Waiting at the Paris airport, two immigrants from Djibouti reveal parallel stories of war, child soldiers, arms trafficking, drugs, and hunger. Bashir is recently discharged from the army and wounded, finding himself inside the French Embassy. Harbi, whose wife, Alice, has been killed by the police, is there too—arrested earlier as a political suspect. An embassy official mistakes Bashir for Harbi's son, and as Harbi does not deny it, both will be exiled to France, Alice's home country. This brilliantly shrewd and cynical universal chronicle of war and exile, translated into English for the fi... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

55.

The Land Without Shadows by Abdourahman A. Waberi EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Djibouti flag Djibouti
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Originally published in France in 1994, this newly translated collection presents stories about the precolonial and colonial past of Djibouti alongside those set in the postcolonial era. With irony and humor, these short stories portray madmen, poets, artists, French colonists, pseudointellectuals, young women, aspiring politicians, famished refugees, khat chewers, nomads struggling to survive in Djibouti's ruthless natural environment, or tramps living (and dying) in Balbala, the shantytown that stretches to the south of the capital--Cover.
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Recommended: 05 Jan 2023

56.

Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz EN

Rating: 4     22 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
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Palace Walk is the first novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork. The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons—the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching in... continue
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Recommended: 02 Jan 2018

57.

A Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif EN

Rating: 4     32 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
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In 1900 Lady Anna Winterbourne travels to Egypt where she falls in love with Sharif, and Egyptian Nationalist utterly committed to his country's cause. A hundred years later, Isabel Parkman, an American divorcee and a descendant of Anna and Sharif, goes to Egypt, taking with her an old family trunk, inside which are found notebooks and journals which reveal Anna and Sharif's secret.
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Recommended: 17 May 2018

58.

The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany EN

Rating: 3.6     36 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
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"Some live in squalor on its rooftop, others inhabit the faded glory of its apartments and offices - here a womanizing aristocrat, there the secretly gay editor of Le Caire newspaper. Religious fervour jostles with promiscuity; bridery and exploitation with joy and elation; modern life with ancient culture. Taha, the son of the building's doorman, has aspirations and dreams for himself and his childhood sweetheart Busayna. But when those dreams are dashed on the rocks of corruption, hope turns to bitterness - with devasting consequences..." -- back cover.
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Recommended: 17 May 2018

59.

The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
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"The Queue ... has drawn comparisons to Western classics like George Orwell’s 1984 and The Trial by Franz Kafka. It represents a new wave of dystopian and surrealist fiction from Middle Eastern writers who are grappling with the chaotic aftermath and stinging disappointments of the Arab Spring." -- The New York Times Winner of the English PEN Translation Award In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as ‘the Gate’ has risen to power in the aftermath of the ‘Disgraceful Events,’ a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission fr... continue
Recommended: 07 Apr 2022

60.

Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi EN

Rating: 4     16 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
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"All the men I did get to know, every single man of them, has filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face. But because I am a woman I have never had the courage to lift my hand. And because I am a prostitute, I hid my fear under layers of make-up." --Excerpt
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Recommended: 21 May 2022


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