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A is for alphabetical order

Posted 26 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

The first letter of the alphabet is A. “A is for Apple”. Or so we are told (but what about alchemist, Africa, aware, ambushes, a suicide attempt, activated detonator, at the top of her lungs, alphabetical order?) The ABC is seen as the building bock for all learning. Hardly surprising then that its often used […]

50 Years Ago: Zeke in Nigeria by Manu Herbstein

Posted 21 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Es’kia Mphahlele and the Anti-Apartheid Association of Nigeria – from the personal archives of Manu Herbstein Reading list Herbstein, M 2003 AMA: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade. E-reads/E-right Mphahlele, E 1971 The wanderers: a novel. Macmillan Mphahlele, E 1981 The unbroken song: selected writings of Es’kia Mphahlele. Ravan Press Mphahlele, E 1984 Afrika […]

The Art of War by Mashingaidze Gomo

Posted 20 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Reading List Gomo, M 2010 A fine madness (Introduced by Ngugi wa Thiong’o). Ayebia Clarke Publishers Wa Thiong’o, N 2010 Dreams in a time of war: a childhood memoir. Pantheon Books, New York Wa Thiong’o, N 1994 Decolonising the mind: the politics of language in African literature. East African Publishers, Nairobi <http://books.google.co.za/books?id=z60udlv1F_cC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false> Wa Thiong’o, N. […]

Childhood Snapshots by Bill KouElany

Posted 20 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Reading List Kouélany, B Galerie Peter Herrmann, Berlin  <http://galerie-herrmann.com/arts/kouelany/index_engl.htm> Kouélany, B “Fußball ist lebendig – wie übrigens auch Sex”, Dailymotion <http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdtxqo_fusball-ist-lebendig-wie-ubrigens_creation#from=embed> Guignard, P 1994 Le Sexe et 1′effroi, Gallimard, Paris

Who Are The Tribes by Terrance Hayes

Posted 20 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Reading List Hayes, T.  20011, Who Are The Tribes, Pliot Books, Katikati Hayes, T.  2010 Lighthead. Penguin Books Hayes, T. 2006 Wind in a box. Penguin Books Hayes, T 2002, Hip logic. Penguin Books Hayes, T 2005, Muscular Music. Carnegie Mellon University Press Poetry Forum: National Book Award Nominee Terrance Hayes Performing at Jazz Poetry,  […]

Building the House of Life Ayi Kwei Armah

Posted 20 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Reading List Armah, A K 1988, The beautyful ones are not yet born, Heinemann <http://books.google.co.za/books?id=adDP11OQ-7oC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false > Armah, A K 1993, The healers: an historical novel, Heinemann Armah, A K 1973 Two thousand seasons: a novel, East African Publishing House Armah, A K 2006, The eloquence of the scribes: a memoir on the sources and resources […]

The Blind Kingdom by Véronique Tadjo

Posted 11 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

March 2008 Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd ISBN-13: 978-0955507915 The Blind Kingdom is an illuminating political allegory which resonates in many ways with the contemporary scene and current crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. This multi-layered narrative comprises a series of short stories and poetic texts threaded together that can be read across temporal and geographic boundaries both […]

Why Must A Chinese Writer Write about Sex? by Robert Berold

Posted 11 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Writer’s brief I Love Dollars by Zhu Wen March 2008 Penguin Books ISBN-13: 978-0143113270 An immediate sensation upon publication in China, “I Love Dollars” is a hilarious send-up of China’s love affair with capitalism by one of its most gifted new writers. In the title story, a young man, acutely aware of his filial duty, […]

Wolves of the Crescent Moon by Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Posted 11 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

December 2007 Penguin Books ISBN 9780143113218 Banned in Saudi Arabia, this provocative, fast-paced debut novel confirms what “The Washington Post” reported about its award-winning author: aYousef Al-Mohaimeed is taking on some of the most divisive subjects in the Arab world . . . in a lush style that evokes Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Unfolding with the […]

Autonauts of the Cosmoroute by Carol Dunlop & Julio Cortazar

Posted 11 January 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

January 2008 Archipelago Books ISBN 978-09793330-0-2 “Anyone who doesn’t read Cortazar is doomed.”–Pablo Neruda Autonauts of the Cosmoroute is a love story, an irreverent travelogue of elaborate tales and snapshots detailing Julio Cortazar and Carol Dunlop’s thirty-three-day voyage on the Paris-Marseilles freeway in 1982. Uncovering the freeway’s hidden underbelly, they push life and literature to […]

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