African Literature in Translation: Italian Edition

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I've been learning Italian. Very slowly. I'm still pretty bad. No, I'm not being modest. Actually, I was not being honest when I said I'm still pretty bad, because, I.am.appalling. But I will still keep at it. I'm learning cause I moved ... again. For work. This time to Italy.

This morning as I was scrolling through my social media feed, I noticed the Italian translation of Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other. This reminded me of the Italian translation of Sarah Ladipo Manyika's Like a Mule, which I saw some months back. As it is with my mind, it started going off in many directions, wondering about what other books in English by African writers have been translated into Italian. Maybe one day I'll even be able to read them in Italian, but for now, here are eleven books I found. As always this isn't an exhaustive list. PS. This doesn't include books written in Italian by Black Italian writers - that list soon come. PPS. I found quite a few by Black writers (including Toni Cade BambaraOctavia Butler, Toni Morrison, and Fran Ross)

English title: Friday Black 
(More on English edition: here)
Translated by: Martina Testa
More info: here
Read an excerpt: here



English title: Taduno's Song 
(More on the English edition: here)
More info: here



English Title: Girl, Woman, Other 
(More on the English edition: here)
Translated by: Martina Testa
More info: here
Read an excerpt: here



English Title: Knots 
(More on English edition here)
Translated by: S. Fornaseiro
More info: here



English Title: Links 
(More on English edition here)
Translated by: S. Fornaseiro
More info: here




English title: Like a Mule Bringing Ice-cream to the Sun 
(More on the English edition: here)
Translated by: A. Briganti
More info: here



English title: The House of Hunger 
(More on English edition: here)
Translated by: Eva Allione
More info: here



English title: All Our Names 
(More on English edition: here)
Translated by: M. Castagnone
More info: here



English title: Binti 
(More on English edition: here)
Translated by: B. Tavani
More info: here



English title: Happiness, Like Water 
(More on English edition: here)
Translated by: Federica Gavioli
More info: here



English title: You Must Set Forth At Dawn 
(More on English edition: here)
More info: here

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