Alone and childless, efuru realizes she surely must have a higher calling and goes to the lake goddess of her tribe, Uhamiri, to discover the path she must follow. Her eventual tragedy is that she is not able to marry or raise children successfully. Appearing in 1966, in english, Efuru was the first internationally published book, by a Nigerian woman.
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The Joys of Motherhood: A NovelGeorge Braziller Inc. #ad - Unable to conceive in her first marriage, Nnu is banished to Lagos where she succeeds in becoming a mother. Then, against the backdrop of world War II, Nnu must fiercely protect herself and her children when she is abandoned by her husband and her people. Emecheta “writes with subtlety, power, and abundant compassion” New York Times.
A feminist literary classic by one of Africa’s greatest women writers, re-issued with a new introduction by Stéphane Robolin. First published in 1979, the joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a Nigerian woman struggling in a patriarchal society.
HouseboyWaveland Press, Inc. #ad - Houseboy, written in the form of toundi’s captivating diary and translated from the original French, discloses his awe of the white world and a web of unpredictable experiences. Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture.
Early on, he escapes his father’s angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death. Toundi ondoua, the rural african protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon.
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The first east african novel published in english, child is a moving book about the effects of the infamous Mau Mau uprising on the lives of ordinary men and women, Weep Not, and on one family in particular. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
Weep Not, Child Penguin African Writers Series Book 3 #ad - With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. But this is kenya, the mau mau is waging war against the white government, and the times are against them: In the forests, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie.
The nobel prize–nominated kenyan writer’s powerful first novelTwo brothers, stand on a garbage heap and look into their futures: Njoroge is to attend school, Njoroge and Kamau, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter.
So Long a LetterWaveland Press, Inc. #ad - The brief narrative, is a sequence of reminiscences —some wistful, written as an extended letter, some bitter—recounted by recently widowed Senegalese schoolteacher Ramatoulaye Fall. Angered by the traditions that allow polygyny, they inhabit a social milieu dominated by attitudes and values that deny them status equal to men.
Considered a classic of contemporary african women’s literature, So Long a Letter is a must-read for anyone interested in African literature and the passage from colonialism to modernism in a Muslim country. Ramatoulaye hopes for a world where the best of old customs and new freedom can be combined. This semi-autobiographical account is a perceptive testimony to the plight of educated and articulate Muslim women.
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Things Fall Apart African Trilogy, Book 1Penguin Books #ad - Told through the fictional experiences of okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.
Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world. Barack obama nominated as one of america’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadThings Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy.
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Half of a yellow sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: ugwu, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene.
Distant View of a Minaret and Other StoriesWaveland Press, Inc. #ad - This virtual immunity from western influence lends a special authenticity to her direct yet sincere accounts of death, the lives of women in purdah, sexual fulfillment, and the frustrations of everyday life in a male-dominated Islamic environment. Translated from the arabic by denys johnson-Davies, the collection admits the reader into a hidden private world, regulated by the call of the mosque, but often full of profound anguish and personal isolation.
More convincingly than any other woman writing in Arabic today, Alifa Rifaat lifts the veil on what it means to be a woman living within a traditional Muslim society. So states the translator’s foreword to this collection of the Egyptian author’s best short stories. Badriyya’s despairing anger at her deceitful husband, for example, or the haunting melancholy of “At the Time of the Jasmine, ” are treated with a sensitivity to the discipline and order of Islam.
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The novel’s beautiful, hardworking protagonist, Ihouma, is admired by all in her village. Yet those who express their love for her meet with mysterious tragedy, leaving her devastated.
CoconutJacana Media #ad - The rich and pampered ofilwe has taken her privileged lifestyle for granted, and must confront her swiftly dwindling sense of culture when her soulless world falls apart. An important rumination on youth in modern-day South Africa, this haunting debut novel tells the story of two extraordinary young women who have grown up black in white suburbs and must now struggle to find their identities.
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