Africa

Books about Africa or by African authors. I know -- Africa's a big giant continent, but I want this list to help people focus on Africa as more than a place full of lions and giraffes.
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message 10: by Inder (last edited Sep 30, 2008 01:12PM) (new)

Inder I agree that Heart of Darkness is really about Africa in the racist imagination of colonialist Europe, and not about Africa in a factual sense. However, I think it's worth pointing out that it is generally understood to be an anti-colonialist book.

Either way, European colonialist attitudes towards Africa have played a sadly important role in shaping Africa as we know it today. So while you may find Conrad's depiction offensive (fair enough), I think it's still worth reading, if only to deconstruct it. It's still an important literary work about Africa, however you look at it.


message 9: by Christine (new)

Christine Nega Mezlekia is a worthy author to add to this list.


message 8: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Chanda's Secrets
It's for young adults, but moving and honest.


message 7: by J. A. (new)

J. A. Wooton Millicent wrote: "I'm disheartened that the number two book on this list is Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Africa was an arbitrary setting for Conrad, chosen out of racist convenience (darkness!) and because colonial ..."


COMPLETELY agree with you! I am fairly upset that Heart of Darkness ranks as #2 on this list... it's a prime example novel of colonial discourse effect and I don't think it should be featured on this list... perhaps another one, but not for this. :(


message 6: by Ðɑηηɑ (new)

Ðɑηηɑ I believe I would LOVE books about Africa. Alas, I have read some of the books above. I studied in university last year about Africa and I really loved it, I guess that is when my passion for Africa grew. I would also love to learn about my granparents' history, they are African.
A really good list, I should have thought about it.


message 5: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Millicent wrote: "I'm disheartened that the number two book on this list is Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Africa was an arbitrary setting for Conrad, chosen out of racist convenience (darkness!) and because colonial ..."

In what way was Africa an arbitrary setting for this book? Conrad wrote this based on his own experience traveling in the Belgian Congo. I agree that his portrayal of Africans is pretty aggressively racist, but keep in mind that Conrad was just a product of his own time. You can't expect open-mindedness from a European living under the omnipresent spectre of British imperialism at the turn of the century.

I think it's an incredibly important book simply because it brought attention in Europe to the atrocities that were being committed in central Africa.


message 4: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I think "I am Nujood" (last page) should be deleted - she is from Yemen, which is not considered part of Africa as far as I am aware.


message 3: by Beata (new)

Beata R "Reading Lolita in Tehran"- Iran is not Africa.


message 2: by Ben (last edited Jan 26, 2013 02:38PM) (new)

Ben The Liquidator by a GR author has 8 ratings and yet 32 voters, almost none of whom voted for any other book.

I smell socks...


message 1: by Tinea (new)

Tinea In the Great African Reads group, we are trying to find (or create) lists of books for each African country and region.

Here's an updated list of lists, including the countries that still need someone to make a Listopia for them.


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