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Situation Is Critical

Posted 30 July 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | 1 Comment

  In this article, excerpted from The Chimurenga Chronic, Jeremy Weate moves from text to context in search of the current state of African writing.   I’ve just received my review copy of Uwem Akpan’s Say You’re One of Them. I’m not sure I can stomach it all the way through, still less write about it. […]

Memento Mori – A letter from Harlem by X Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Posted 07 April 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Writer’s Brief “When I came home from abroad, death was in style. I don’t remember when I first noticed it; I remember only the moment when a few sightings began to accumulate before my eyes and could no longer be understood as a coincidence. I looked upon familiar scenes and noticed things that had previously […]

The Rooster –A Letter From Kinshasa

Posted 18 March 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Writer’s Brief “Souvenez vous de moi… ” (“Remember me, the Child Of Tomorrow”) an excerpt from a fiction story about a Congolese child soldier. Amisi Serge was forcibly recruited as child soldiers in 1997, at the age of 11-12 years. He grew up in the Congolese army, engaged in war in DR Congo between 1997 […]

Storymoja – children’s stories with mojo

Posted 10 March 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Storymoja is a Kenya-based publishing company formed in 2007 with the mission to grow East Africa’s reading culture and to improve writing standards. Nowhere have they been more successful than with their children’s books imprint, Storyhippo. Using a hands on approach based around workshops on writing for children, and writing for teenagers and young adults […]

Once there were humans… by Annie Paul

Posted 09 March 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | 1 Comment

Writer’s brief Starting with Dark Testament and Mine Boy in the early 1940s, Peter Abrahams has written extensively on the black man’s struggle for civil rights in Africa and the West during the first half of the 20th century. Some of his other books, including Tell Freedom and The Coyaba Chronicles, are autobiographical. Born in […]

Him Again – a letter from Kampala

Posted 01 March 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

A spectre is haunting Africa — the spectre of Amin. “Amin walked the path of, and confirmed the long, European-established and firmly held narrative of the rampaging beast in the interior of faraway Africa whose description and denunciation has made many a missionary, political and literary career. That is why we can still have stories […]

Exiled Memories

Posted 11 February 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

The “xenophobic violence” in South Africa in May 2008 brought “the exile years” and the role African countries played in liberating South Africa back into the spot light. Despite the renewed interest, the voices of leaders who were welcomed into exile by African states and their people during apartheid remained predominantly silent on their exile […]

Woman Beware Woman by Lola Shoneyin

Posted 08 February 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Writer’s Brief The politics of writing polygamy President Zuma of South Africa adds yet another wife (Nompumelelo Ntuli) to his harem and the head of the Nigerian Anglican Church Akinola proposes the banning of polygamous unions among Nigerian Anglicans. Unlike his previous angst against the unafricanness of homosexuals, this polygamous banning was proposed as decidedly […]

Semiotic Warfare: the geo-politics of African writing

Posted 08 February 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Almost 50 years Heinemann’s African Writer’s Series introduced some of Africa’s most important writers to the continent, and to the world, African publishing experienced a second boom. In 2005 Granta published The View from Africa and Bard College created the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists. The Orange Prize for Fiction was awarded […]

An Introduction To Arithmetic Sorcery by Neo Muyanga

Posted 02 February 2011 | By | Categories: chronic books | No Comments

Writer’s Brief Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials Reza Negarestani ISBN-13: 9780980544008 Publication date:   2008 Published: re.press Cyclonopedia is theoretical-fiction novel by Iranian philosopher and writer Reza Negarestani. Hailed by novelists, philosophers and cinematographers, Negarestani’s work is the first horror and science fiction book coming from and written on the Middle East. ‘The Middle East is […]

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