Chronic Books

Memento Mori A Letter From Harlem                                                     
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

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The Rooster A Letter From Kinshasa
By Serge Amisi  

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Dairy Of A Bad Year: President Mbekis Letters to the Nation                 
By Imraan Coovadia

“It wouldn’t be accurate to accuse Mbeki of having a one-track mind. If anything, his interests are as promiscuous as, if more predictable than, his quotations.”

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Unchain The Art                                                                                
Gwen Ansell reviews A Power Stronger Than Itself by George E. Lewis & Bass Cathedral by Nathaniel Mackey

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” – Thelonius Monk

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This Thing Called Soul Music                                                                                   
Khulile Nxumalo reviews A Song for Donny Hathaway by Ed Pavlic

“…There is nothing like art – in the oppressor’s sense of art. There is only movement. Force. Creative power. The walk of a Sophiatown tsotsi or my Harlem brother on Lenox Avenue. Field Hollers. The Blues. A Trane riff. Marvin Gaye or mbaqanga. Anguished happiness. Creative power, in whatever form it is released, moves like the dancer’s muscles…” – Keorapetse ‘Willie’ Kgositsile.

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Cover Story: A Visual History of Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart      
By Sean O’Toole

“There is a predictable literalism at work in these covers: black man = Africa = book about Africa”

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Building The House Of Life                                                                          
By Ayi Kwei Armah
Photograph: Abioseh Michael Porter

“I accept the sense of failure involved in my writing in a language slave raiders brought to our continent. I see it as part of my responsibility to help in the work of remedying that linguistic anomaly”

Ayi Kwei Armah traces the contour of an old conflict and a lifelong struggle for the birth of the beautyful ones

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Situation Is Critical                                                                                       
By Jeremy Weate

“African writers should realise that there is a price to pay for a suburban existence in a sedated part of the world. Situation is critical.”

Jeremy Weate moves from text to context in search of the current state of African writing.

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Who Are The Tribes                                                                         
By Terrence Hayes

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Childhood Snap Shots                                                                        
By Bill Kouelany

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The Usefulness Of Forgetting                                                                       
Neelika Jayawardene reviews Amputated Memory by Werewere Liking

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A Dreamscape Of Astonishment       
Rustum Kozain reviews My Father’s Wives by José Eduardo Agualusa

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Once There were Humans                                                                            
By Annie Paul

“How do you behave with the dignity of the immortal when you know that you’re not?”

In the hills above Kingston, Jamaica Annie Paul unpacks some baggage in a rare interview with Peter Abrahams, the South African-born writer and ardent Pan-Africanist.

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The Fastest Titler in America                                                                                   
Stella Vincenot reviews Je suis un écrivai n jap onais by Dany Laferrière

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An Introduction to Arithmetic Sorcery                                                        
Neo Muyanga reviews Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials by Reza Negarestan

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How Could you Believe A Story Like That                                      
Stacy Hardy reviews Nazi Literature In The Americas By Roberto Bolaño

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Threatening the Hormonal Stability of Imbeciles: an Interview with Horacio Castellanos Moya
By Stacy Hardy

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The Art Of War                                                                                            
By Mashingaidze Gomo

The African soldier is portrayed in the mass media as a terrorist zombie, trained in the service of power-hungry despots and inclined to rape women and children. Mashingaidze Gomo, who served in the Zimbabwean Air Force during the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, puts another face to the name in his novel, A Fine Madness. The Chronic publishes an excerpt this week, with the following introduction as penned by the author.

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Woman Beware Woman                                                                   
By Lola Shoneyin

Wives in one household are natural enemies, it seems. Or so Lola Shoneyin depicts them in her debut novel, excerpted here, with an introduction from the author.

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Why Must A Chinese Writer About Sex                                                       
Robert Berold reviews I Love Dollars by Zhu Wen

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How To Write About Africa                                                                         
Boniface Mongo-Mboussa reviews Le Devoir de violence by Yambo Ouologuem

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Discoveries Of Timbuktu                                                                              
Ciraj Rassool reviews The Meanings of Timbuktu – Shamil Jeppie, Souleymane Bachir Diagne (eds)

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50 Years Ago: Zeke in Nigeria                                                                                 
Manu Herbstein

Manu Herbstein arrived in Nigeria not long before Independence in 1960. Almost immediately he became involved in efforts to launch an Anti-Apartheid Association (AAA) with Ezekiel (Zeke, later Es’kia) Mphahlele, the South African writer, who had been living and working in Nigeria for several years. The following are edited extracts of correspondence and copies of publicity materials from Herbstein’s personal archives.

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