Posts Tagged: African literature
Nigerian author Ben Okri reflected on his prize-winning novel, The Famished Road (1991), in the Guardian, saying that he wrote it to find reasons to live. The book, he writes, drew heavily from strange stories his mother told him and his father’s intrinsically African philosophies:
The novel was drawn from a half-glimpsed world, and it was fading fast from reality.
A new essay by Nigerian author A. Igoni Barrett (Love Is Power, or Something Like That and Blackass) highlights the ways poverty and struggle work against those in Nigeria who would be writers:
I found nothing there for me [at his university in Ibadan].
Nearly a decade ago, Binvayanga Wainaina wrote an essay for Granta that changed his whole life. Now, he looks at the interior of African publishing, the landscape of literature on the continent, and the “Nollywoodification of the book market”:
“I am least interested about how Europe, the West, represents Africa.
Black to the future was/is a radical, dangerous, and daring dream—an impossibility. Science fiction and fantasy (sf&f) is a rehearsal of the impossible, an ideal realm for redefinition and reinvention. For Africans and their descendants in the diaspora, decolonizing our mind/body/spirits was/is an on-going sf&f project.
The BBC’s Gavin Esler conducted a brief but thought-provoking interview with Kenyan author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.
Whereas Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie declares she has “taken ownership of English,” Thiong’o balks at the idea of enriching only English-language literature at the expense of literature in languages like Igbo or Luo: “Can you or anybody else imagine French literature in Zulu?”...more