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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century

African literature is amazing with its diverse forms, styles and languages. Through it we get glimpses of Africa - tradition, culture, history, myth and more. Unfortunately, majority of the wonderful work from Africa remains largely unknown and celebrated. In 2001, the Zimbabwe International Book Fair compiled a list of Africa's 100 Best Books to celebrate the achievements of African writers over the last century and increase awareness and knowledge of books and writings by African authors.  Here are the top 12 (Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy is counted as 1). Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th century is here. If you are interested in reading some of these amazing works, Kinnareads has a created a list of the creative writing books that are still in print. Happy reading!








7 comments:

  1. It is so nice seeing the covers! Thanks for this.

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  2. You're welcome. I love how they are a visual representation of what I'm about to read.

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  3. I'm interested to know - how many have you read?

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  4. I've only read 7. The list made me realise I have a long way to go.

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  5. I've only read 4 of the covers you've shown, so many still to go! I have read other works by Soyinka and Djebar at least though (and she is fantastic too - have you read her before?). Oh and I have Nervous Conditions on my shelf to read - hopefully this year :)

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  6. Of the covers I've shown, only 3. Achebe and Soyinka are on my list for this year. I haven't read Djebar before. I also really want to read the Cairo Trilogy. My list of books to read keeps on getting longer and longer :).

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  7. Ah from the full list I've read 10 and own another 8. Really must get to them! You are right - way too many books, and way too little time.

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