Book Reviews Long List Chronic 2

Fiction

 

Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Knopf, May 2013

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a powerful new novel–her first in seven years: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. Ifemelu–beautiful, self-assured–departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze–the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor–had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion–for their homeland and for each other–they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.

 

Fools of Melville

Andile Mngxitama

Sankara Publishers, 2013

foolsofmelville@gmail.com

Fools of Melville is the first work of fiction by Andile Mngxitama to be published. It takes the reader through the journey of existential challenges of the black middle class just after independence. It’s a story that can be read as the looking inside the souls of the new blacks, their frivolities and follies.

The story is rich with “inter-textual” references which introduce the reader to other literatures; Fools of Melville can be read as a springboard to other avenues without compromising the story itself.

This much anticipated novella is poised to cause a stir in the literary circles and comes with bonus stories which will be kept a secret.

 

The Tuner of Silences

Mia Couto

Translated from the Portuguese by David Brookshaw

Biblioasis, 2013

The eighth novel by the internationally bestselling Mia Couto, The Tuner of Silences is the story of Mwanito’s struggle to reconstruct a family history that his father is unable to discuss. With the young woman’s arrival in Jezoosalem, however, the silence of the past quickly breaks down, and both his father’s story and the world are heard once more.

The Tuner of Silences has been published to acclaim in more than half a dozen countries. 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.

Ripe to Burst

by Frankétienne

translated from the French by André Naffis-Sahely

archipelago books August 2013

Ripe to Burst follows the lives of two young men and their individual attempts to make sense of the deeply troubled society surrounding them. An informed critique of the ‘brain drain’ prompted by the Duvalier dictatorship, Ripe to Burst is, in Frankétienne’s words, a portrait of “the extreme bitterness of doom in the face of the blind machinery of power.” Widely recognized as Haiti’s most important literary figure and an outspoken challenger of political oppression, Frankétienne was a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009.

 

Ultravocal

by Frankétienne

translated from the French by André Naffis-Sahely

archipelago books, December 2014

Ultravocal pushes the limits of genre, turning shockingly visceral images of the destruction, violence, death, and decay in the author’s native Haiti into art. We witness the country’s problematic relationship with its own past, but also its grandeur, rich artistic traditions, and the transformative possibilities of language.

Praise for Frankétienne:

“[Frankétienne] is not only a major Haitian writer, he is probably the major Haitian writer, forever.”—Jean Jonassaint, Syracuse University

“It is Frankétienne’s audacity in his writing- his charming ability to calmly bring his interlocutor into his initially terrifying world, it is an audacity to imbue the material, whether it be his poetry, his paintings or his theatre, with a sense of the urgency of humanity- which makes him such an incredible writer and persona.” —Emmelie Prophete

 

Texaco

by Patrick Chamoiseau

ISBN13: 9780679751755

ISBN10: 0679751750

Vintage Books

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