So below I've started my list. I will update it as I progress--if you have any suggestions please let me know. If a novel is listed, then I've read it. I know there is plenty of great non-fiction (much of it listed on my comprehensive Africa reading list) too but for now I will stick with the good stuff.
I've also started including a link to my prior "Poet of the Week" selections for various African countries--something to keep you occupied until I read a book from that country.
COUNTRY COUNTER (23/54)
West with the Night by Beryl Markham : My review is here and more information about the incomparable writer is here.
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski. This book is on my GOFO Africa Reading List. I put a couple of choice quotes from the book's foreword here.
Poet of the Week from Algeria: Moufdi Zakaria: Kassaman (We Pledge)
Luuanda by Tania Macedo. FUTURE READ.
Poet of the Week from Zaire (DRC)/Angola: Makuzayi Massaki: Regressado, Yes I Am
Poet of the Week from Botswana: Baralong Seboni: Love That
The Last Will and Testament of da Silva. My review is here.
Houseboy. My review is here.
Poet of the week from Cameroon: Mbella Sonne Dipoko: A Poem of Villeneuve St. Georges
Central African Republic
The Kafir of Khartala: My review is here.
Congo, Republic of the
Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty by Alain Mabanckou. FUTURE READ.
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
A Bend in the River (1979) by V.S. Naipaul. My review is here.
Allah is Not Obliged by Ahmadou Kourouma. This novel could just as easily have been filed under Sierra Leone or Liberia but I stuck it here since the author is Ivorian. And if we want to get all philosophical about things, most of these books could be filed under multiple countries since the borders are really an artificial colonial construct. My review is here.
Transit by Abdourahman Waberi. Currently reading.
The Land Without Shadows by Abdourahman Waberi. FUTURE READ.
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz. Magnificent story about colonial Egypt and family.
Poet of the Week from Syria/Egypt: Khalil Mutran: Boycott
In Praise of Savagery: My review is here.
Ghana Must Go: My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Ghana: Atukwei Okai: III (Everyone Dreams of Kissing You)
The Zanzibar Chest by Aiden Hartley. One of my favorite books ever. Not technically fiction but it sure reads like it. My review is here.
One Day I Will Write About This Place: My review is here.
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alex Fuller. I never wrote a review on this one.
Confines of the Shadow: My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Libya: Fatima Mahmoud: What Was Not Conceivable
Poet of the Week from Libya: Ashur Etwebi: Politics and Writing a Poem
Poet of the Week from Libya: Khaled Mattawa: East of Carthage: An Idyll
Vakio Milamina: My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Madagascar: Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo: 9
The Jive Talker or How to Get a British Passport: My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Malawi: Frank Chipasula: A Love Poem for my Country
Leaving Tangier: My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Morocco: Muhammed Bennis: Love is Eternity's River
Poet of the Week from Morocco: Ali Squali Houssaini: Moroccan National Anthem
Poet of the Week from Morocco: Hassan El Ouazzani: Elegy for Love
Poet of the Week from Mozambique: Noémia de Sousa: If You Want to Know Me
Sleepwalking Land by Mia Couto. My review is here.
Arrow of God by Achebe (I've read all of his novels but this one was my favorite) : My review is here.
I Do Not Come to You By Chance: My review is here.
The Fishermen: My review is here.
Americanah: My review is here.
Every Day is For the Thief: My short review is here. My kindle highlights are here.
Poet of the Week from Nigeria: Wole Soyinka: In the Small Hours
Everything is Yours, Everything is Not Yours: My review is here.
Sao Tome and Principe
So Long a Letter: My full review is here.
Poet of the Week from Senegal: Senghor: Black Woman
Poet of the Week from Senegal: Leopold Senghor: Et nous baignerons mon amie
Warrior: Life and Death Among Somalis. My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Somalia: Abdirashid Omar: The Decree
My Traitor's Heart:
Bring Me My Machine Gun
There is a Country: New Fiction from the New Nation of South Sudan FUTURE READ.
What is the What? I never wrote a review for this one.
Poet of the Week Muhammed Al-Faituri from Sudan: A Scream
The Gunny Sack by M.J. Vassanji. FUTURE READ.
An African in Greenland by Kpomassie. My review is here.
Talismano by Dr. Abdelwahab Meddeb. FUTURE READ.
All our Names
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller.
Poet of the Week from Zambia: Gwendoline Konie: In the Fist of Your Hand
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness:
We Need New Names: My review is here.
They Are Coming: My review is here.
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