Sergeant germano de melo is posted to the village of Nkokolani to oversee the Portuguese conquest of territory claimed by Ngungunyane, the last of the leaders of the state of Gaza, the second-largest empire led by an African. Standing astride two kingdoms, Imani is drawn to Germano, just as he is drawn to her.
Woman of the Ashes: A Novel Sands of the Emperor Book 1 #ad - Desperate for help, a fifteen-year-old girl, Germano enlists Imani, to act as his interpreter. The first in a trilogy about the last emperor of southern Mozambique by one of Africa’s most important writersSouthern Mozambique, 1894. But while one of her brothers fights for the Crown of Portugal, the other has chosen the African emperor.
She belongs to the vaChopi tribe, one of the few who dared side with the Portuguese. Ngungunyane has raised an army to resist colonial rule and with his warriors is slowly approaching the border village.
Dance of the JakarandaAkashic Books #ad - Peter kimani has been nominated for the 2018 grand prix des associations littéraires, catégorie belles-lettresnominated for the 2018/2019 People’s Book Prize"This funny, perceptive and ambitious work of historical fiction by a Kenyan poet and novelist explores his country's colonial past and its legacy through the stories of three men involved with the building of a railroad linking Lake Victoria and the Indian Ocean--what the Kikuyu called the 'Iron Snake' and the British called the 'Lunatic Express.
New york times book review, bringing great skill to the task of deploying multiple story lines, Editors' Choice"Kimani has done a game job managing the carpentry of this ambitious novel, huge leaps back and forth in time and the withholding and distribution of information. Once kimani has his plotlines all set, his writing relaxes, and it's here that you can see his raw talent.
Dance of the Jakaranda #ad - . I have never read a novel about Kenya that's so funny, so perceptive, so subversive and so sly. New york times book review"in his american debut, Kimani illustrates the discordant history of East Indians in Kenya through a fabulously complicated set of intriguing characters and events.
Confession of the Lioness: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Mariamar, a woman whose sister was killed in a lioness attack, finds her life thrown into chaos when the outsider Archangel Bullseye, the marksman hired to kill the lionesses, arrives at the request of the village elders. A dark, poetic mystery about the women of the remote village of kulumani and the lionesses that hunt themTold through two haunting, interwoven diaries, Mia Couto's Confession of the Lioness reveals the mysterious world of Kulumani, an isolated village in Mozambique whose traditions and beliefs are threatened when ghostlike lionesses begin hunting the women who live there.
The hunt grows more dangerous, until it's no safer inside Kulumani than outside it. Both a riveting mystery and a poignant examination of women's oppression, Confession of the Lioness explores the confrontation between the modern world and ancient traditions to produce an atmospheric, gripping novel. Meanwhile, archangel tracks the lionesses in the wilderness, but when he begins to suspect there is more to them than meets the eye, he starts to lose control of his hands.
Confession of the Lioness: A Novel #ad - Mariamar's father imprisons her in her home, where she relives painful memories of past abuse and hopes to be rescued by Archangel. As the men of kulumani feel increasingly threatened by the outsider, the forces of modernity upon their traditional culture, and the danger of their animal predators closing in, it becomes clear the lionesses might not be real lionesses at all but spirits conjured by the ancient witchcraft of the women themselves.
Welcome to Lagos: A NovelCatapult #ad - Among them is fineboy, a 16-year-old girl whose father is thought to have been killed by rebels; and the beautiful Oma, escaping a wealthy, a fighter with a rebel group, desperate to pursue his dream of becoming a radio DJ; Isoken, abusive husband. Full of humor and heart, Welcome to Lagos is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption.
But action is secondary to atmosphere: onuzo excels at evoking a stratified city, where society weddings feature ‘ice sculptures as cold as the unmarried belles’ and thugs write tidy receipts for kickbacks extorted from homeless travelers. The new yorker when army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows it is time to desert his post.
Welcome to Lagos: A Novel #ad - An official belletrist book pick an american booksellers association Indie Next Pick Selected to Best of Summer Reading Lists by Parade, PureWow, NYLON, The Millions, Elle, PopSugar, Women. Com, bitch media, hearst media, Read it Forward “Storylines and twists abound. As he travels toward lagos with yemi, chike becomes the leader of a new platoon, his junior officer, and into the heart of a political scandal involving Nigeria’s education minister, a band of runaways who share his desire for a different kind of life.
It offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria that marks the arrival in the United States of an extraordinary young writer.
Rain: And Other Stories Biblioasis International Translation Series Book 25Biblioasis #ad - After the war, i thought all that was left was ashes, hollow ruins. Style="text-align: left;">finalist for the 2015 man booker international prize style="text-align: left;">winner of the neustadt Prize for Literature, 2014 style="text-align: left;">Winner of the Camões Prize for Literature, 2013A Vanity Fair Must-Read Book From Around The World for Winter 2019A Financial Times Summer Book of 2019.
. Today, i know that’s not true. Where man remains, a seed, survives, too, a dream to inseminate time. Published in the aftermath of mozambique’s bloody civil war, mia Couto’s third collection seeks out the places violence could not reach, the author writes, “every man is the same: pretending he’s here, the places where, dreaming of going away, and plotting his return.
Rain: And Other Stories Biblioasis International Translation Series Book 25 #ad - Shifting masterfully between forms—creation tale to meditation, playful comedy to magical twist—these stories grapple with questions of what’s been lost and what can be reclaimed, what future exists for a country that broke the yoke of colonialism only to descend into internecine war, what is Mozambican and what is Mozambique.
Following fishermen and fortune-tellers, widows and drunks, and one errant hippopotamus, this new translation of stories by the Man Booker-listed author of Confession of the Lioness rediscovers possibility and what it means to be reborn.
The Tuner of Silences Biblioasis International Translation Series Book 9Biblioasis #ad - In the place his father calls Jezoosalem, Mwanito has been told that crying and praying are the same thing. Now in its first english translation, this story of an African boy's quest for the truth endures as a magical, humanizing confrontation between one child and the legacy of war. Praise for mia coutoon almost every page we sense Couto’s delight in those places where language slips officialdom’s asphyxiating grasp.
The new york times"Even in translation, his prose is suffused with striking images. The washington postpraise for david brookshaw"david Brookshaw dexterously renders the novel's often colloquial, pithy Portuguese into lively English. A radio france-culture/tÉlÉrama best work of fictionby the winner of the 2013 camÕes prizeand the winner of the 2014 neustadt prizequite unlike anything else I have read from Africa.
The Tuner of Silences Biblioasis International Translation Series Book 9 #ad - Doris lessingBy meshing the richness of African beliefs. The only people he knows are his father, an uncle, his brother, and a servant. Into the western framework of the novel, he creates a mysterious and surreal epic. Henning mankellmwanito was eleven when he saw a woman for the first time, and the sight so surprised him he burst into tears.
Mwanito has been living in a former big-game park for eight years. He’s been told that the rest of the world is dead, that all roads are sad, that they wait for an apology from God. Brookshaw's task is made more exacting by the particular quality of Couto's brilliance.
Transparent City Biblioasis International Translation Series Book 22Biblioasis #ad - Nominated for the 2019 best translated book award a vanity fair hot type book for april 2018 a vulture must-read translated book from the past 5 years a globe and mail best book of 2018 a lit hub favourite book of the year a world literature today notable translation of 2018in a crumbling apartment block in the Angolan city of Luanda, laugh, families work, scheme, and get by.
Transparent City Biblioasis International Translation Series Book 22 #ad - In the middle of it all is the melancholic Odonato, nostalgic for the country of his youth and searching for his lost son. As his hope drains away and as the city outside his doors changes beyond all recognition, Odonato’s flesh becomes transparent and his body increasingly weightless. A captivating blend of magical realism, scathing political satire, indisputably, tender comedy, Transparent City offers a gripping and joyful portrait of urban Africa quite unlike any before yet published in English, and places Ondjaki, and literary experimentation, among the continent’s most accomplished writers.
Out of Darkness, Shining Light: A NovelScribner #ad - Narrated by halima, a rigidly pious freed slave, this is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization—the hypocrisy at the core of the human heart—while celebrating resilience, the doctor's sharp-tongued cook, and Jacob Wainwright, loyalty, and love. An incredible and important book by a masterful writer.
Yaa gyasi, david livingstone, the doctor, author of homegoing“This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land. So begins petina gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr.
Out of Darkness, Shining Light: A Novel #ad - Livingstone's body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. One of npr’s best books of 2019 “engrossing, out of darkness, and deeply imaginative, beautiful, Shining Light is a novel that lends voice to those who appeared only as footnotes in history, yet whose final, brave act of loyalty and respect changed the course of it.
House of Stone: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - As abednego wrestles with the ghosts of his past and Agnes seeks solace in a deep-rooted love, their histories converge and each must confront the past to find their place in a new Zimbabwe. Pulsing with wit, seduction, exploring the persistence of the oppressed in a young nation seeking an identity, and dark humor, House of Stone is a sweeping epic that spans the fall of Rhodesia through Zimbabwe’s turbulent beginnings, but built on forgetting.
Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a masterful debut that explores the creative—and often destructive—act of history-making. In the chronic turmoil of modern zimbabwe, Bukhosi, Abednego and Agnes Mlambo’s teenage son, has gone missing, and the Mlambos fear the worst. Their enigmatic lodger, seems to be their last, Zamani, best hope for finding him.
House of Stone: A Novel #ad - It’s almost like zamani is part of the family…But almost isn’t nearly enough for Zamani. He ingratiates himself with agnes and feeds alcoholic Abednego’s addiction, desperate to extract their life stories and steep himself in borrowed family history, as keenly aware as any colonialist or power-mad despot that the one who controls the narrative inherits the future.
Since bukhosi’s disappearance, zamani has been preternaturally helpful: hanging missing posters in downtown Bulawayo, handing out fliers to passersby, and joining in family prayer vigils with the flamboyant Reverend Pastor from Agnes’s Blessed Anointings church.
DisorientalEuropa Editions #ad - National book award finalist: “A multigenerational epic of the Sadr family’s life in Iran and their eventual exile. . . Perfectly blends historical fact with contemporary themes. Library journal “Riveting. . . . . Djavadi is an immensely gifted storyteller, and Kimiâ’s tale is especially compelling.
Booklist starred review “A wonder and a pleasure to read. Rivka galchen, author of atmospheric disturbances winner 2019 albertine prize winner 2019 lambda literary award finalist 2018 national book award finalist 2019 clmp firecracker award finalist 2019 best translated book award winner le prix du roman news winner style prize winner 2016 lire best debut novel winner la porte dorÉe prize one of the GLOBE & MAIL’S BEST BOOKS OF 2018.
Disoriental #ad - Full of surprises” The Globe and Mail. Winner of the 2019 albertine prize and lambda literary Award Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. In the waiting room of a parisian fertility clinic, with his harem of fifty-two wives, Darius and Sara, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, and her parents, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them.
Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself, as well as the prospect of a new generation, which come to her in unstoppable, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, uncontainable waves. Where initially disoriental seems focused on kimiâ’s father and his pro-democracy activism—first against the Shah, then the Ayatollah Khomeini—this is truly Kimiâ’s story of disorientation—national, familial and sexual—and finding herself again.