Posts tagged books
Posts tagged books
Taiye Selasi, a young Ghanian writer talks to the Daily Beast from the Jaipur Festival about the challenges of the young African novelist and the unique connection she sees between the Indian readers & African literature.
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Couldn’t agree more.
Finished the 2nd novel for my thesis (2 more to go! I wanna get those 2 done by next week, so if I’m scarce, you know I’m on my grind.)
Modikwe Dikobe’s “The Marabi Dance.” Very good novel written and published during Apartheid. The Marabi dance is a place where usually young people go to dance, and it’s seen as non-Christian, unlady-like, and basically as a negative place by most in the town. The novel displays really interesting expectations from women|men and families|children.
What I have found most interesting about the two novels I’ve read so far is how Afrikaners (South African Whites) are portrayed. They are like ghosts really… on the outskirts of the action (I guess that’s segregation for you…) but when they do enter into the drama, they are being either completely disrespectful or acting as religious figures. Either way, there’s always a superior|inferior stench to the interactions.
And in the novels, much criticism is made of Christianity’s call for everyone to “Love thy neighbor.” Because, the Black characters are tired of being told (by the people who don’t love them) to love the people who don’t love them.
“The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis — describes the civil rights era from the perspective of a young (and extremely mischievous) boy and his family.
Afrikan Alphabets – The story of writing in Afrika is a book written by Zimbabwe designer Saki Mafundikwa.
“Afrikan alphabets have a rich cultural and artistic history. Many continue to be in current use today. Their story, however, is little known due largely to their past suppression by colonial powers. This book sets the record straight. Both entertaining and anecdotal, African Alphabets presents a wealth of highly graphical and attractive illustrations.
Writing systems across the Afrikan continent and the Diaspora are included, analyzed and illustrated: the scripts of the West Africans – Mende, Vai, Nsibidi, Bamum and the Somali, and Ethiopian scripts. Other alphabets, syllabaries, paintings, pictographs, ideographs, and symbols are compared and contrasted.”