#greetingsfromgrandpa #jackmapanje #lucyreads2017 #lucyreadingbooks #malawi #readingafrica #afrikultwal #poetry #exile #bloodaxebooks #leedslibraries poems written with grandchildren in mind, but still fiercely political and critical of governance in many parts of Africa #lucyreadstheworld
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#whymonkeysliveintrees #raoufmama #lucymusereads2016 #lucyreadingbooks #benin #beninfolktales #folktales #storytelling #readingAfrica love these traditional stories involving animals and people - lots of them revolve around pride and hubris!
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Regramming @half_book_and_co for this great shot on what would have been Bessie Head's birthday: "Bessie Head was born in South Africa, but later moved to Botswana, where also most of her literature is set. Her novel "A Question of Power" is a monument - strange, psychological and haunting. Her short stories are more accessible. I especially love the title story of this collection ("Collector of Treasures"), a tale of friendships and female resilence." #boo#bookstagram #readaroundtheworld #readdiversebooks #readwomen #bessiehead #botswananliterature #africanliterature #igreads #vscobook #instabook #instaread #bibliophile #bookish #booklife #bookgeek #books #goodreads #afrikultwal #womenauthors #womenwriters #bookworm
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Yesterday I sat down and finished "There Was A Country" in one final sitting. This book narrates the events leading up to, during and in the aftermath of the Nigerian-Biafran War. Achebe combines autobiography, general summaries of events, political essay/ pamphlet and poetry to create this "personal history". As indicated by the subtitle Achebe obviously has a bias, which is made clear in the texts. I did like that aspect, for I do believe any way that there is no objective telling of history, so I enjoy rather texts which are conscious of this fact than those which pretend otherwise. Achebe's language is as always approachable, but this book is packed with facts (and especially names), which require some concentration by the reader. This book is not only for the history and politics nerd, but for the literature lover aswell: Achebe writes about his creation of "Things Fall Apart", how he founded a publishing house during the war and what he thinks about the role of the African writer after indepence. Also he speaks about how he met Senghor on a political mission and discussed Négritude and literature in general with him. And then of course there is the beautiful poetry included. #boo#booksam #igreads #bookflatlay #bibliophile #instabook #instaread #booksofinstagram #books #bookreview #review #justread #reading #africanliterature #afrikultwal #bookish #biafra #chinuaachebe #bookstagramfeature #goodreads #booknerd #bookgeek #penguinbook #penguinbooks
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A great way to get to know current up-and-coming African poets? Every year the African Poetry Foundation publishes one set of chapbooks. The one in the picture is the most recent from 2016 (there are two previous ones). Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani are the editors and they provide an introduction to the set. Besides that you find eight individual chapbooks: In Praise of Our Absent Father by D.M. Aderibigbe, The Painter of Water by Gbenga Adesina, The Color of James Brown’s Scream by Kayombo Chingonyi, Asmarani by Safia Elhillo, Survival Kit by Chielozona Eze, Paper Dolls by Lydia Nyachiro Kasese, Dagoretti Corner by Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, The Leaving by Hope Wabuke. And please let's also acknowledge the design. Isn't this box a beauty?! #boo#boo#bookstagram #igreads #books #poetrybook #africanpoetryfoundation #africanliterature #afrikultwal #literature #bibliophile #books #instabooks #instaread #booksofinstagram #bookish #booklove #booknerd #bookgeek #booknookstagram
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