the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans
determined to save the heathen souls of
. But its hero, a noble man who is driven by destructive forces,
speaks a universal tongue.
Chimamanda Ngozi / Purple
up in a wealthy Nigerian home with a tyrannical father, Kambili
and her brother, find happiness during a visit to their Aunty
Ifeoma, but as Kambili enjoys her freedom and falls in love, the
country begins to fall under a military coup.
Andre / A
Dry White Season
powerful story about life under apartheid.
J.M. / Life
and times of Michael K
, a young gardener decides to take his mother away from the
violence towards a new life in the abandoned countryside, but
finds that war follows wherever he goes.
In pre-civil war
, an orphan must choose between his country and the woman who
Nadine / The
A love affair between a wealthy South African woman and an
Arab illegal alien challenges their notions of race, class, and
Helon / Waiting
for an Angel
young apolitical reporter, Lomba’s life is shattered as he
witnesses such horrifying events as his roommate's brutal attack
by soldiers, his lover's forced marriage, and his neighbors'
the end of World War I, al-Sayyid Ahmad explores
at night while his family stays at home living according to the
Qur'an. The first voume of the
Zakes / Heart
exile returns from
--where he fled during the apartheid regime--to find his newly
democratic country in a shambles.
wa Thiongo / A
Grain of Wheat
the conflict of cultures, and the increasingly oppressive
treatment of the Kikuyu and other Africans.
Ben / Famished
his parents struggle to put food on the table, Azaro, a little boy
living in the ghetto of an African city during British colonial
rule, battles the evil spirits who are tempting him
Yvonne / Stone
story set against the civil unrest of
in the early 1980s finds two sisters from the country town of
struggling for survival in the face of terrible brutality and with
the rival temptations of town and city life.