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.
Coincidentally, in searching for novels I came across an amazing effort by writer Ann Morgan who read a novel from EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! Her complete list is here. It's invaluable with a country like the Comoros where there is no published English fiction.
General (Multiple Countries):
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.
*In the future, I will add a section on influence of India in African literature as well
What the Day Owes the Night by Yasmina Khadra. My review is here.
Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar. FUTURE READ.
Poet of the Week from Algeria: Moufdi Zakaria: Kassaman (We Pledge)
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
The Desert and the Drum. My review is here.
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
Lion Mountain by Mustapha Tlili. My review is here.
Luuanda by Tania Macedo. FUTURE READ.
Transparent City. My review will be here.
Poet of the Week from Zaire (DRC)/Angola: Makuzayi Massaki: Regressado, Yes I Am
The Last Will and Testament of da Silva. My review is here.
Equatorial Guinea (Spanish)
By Night the Mountain Burns. My review is here.
The Ultimate Tragedy. My review will be here.
Sleepwalking Land by Mia Couto. My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Mozambique: Noémia de Sousa: If You Want to Know Me
Sao Tome and Principe
Equator. My review will be here.
The Viceroy of Ouidah My review will be here.
American Spy. My review is here.
The Parachute Drop. My review will be here.
Cameroon (British too, German too)
Houseboy. My review is here.
Poet of the week from Cameroon: Mbella Sonne Dipoko: A Poem of Villeneuve St. Georges
Central African Republic
Told by Starlight in Chad. My review will be here.
The Kafir of Khartala: My review is here.
Congo, Republic of the
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. My review is here.
The Land Without Shadows by Abdourahman Waberi. FUTURE READ.
My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Son, Amadou
Vakio Milamina: My review is here.
Beyond the Ricefields: the first ever novel translated into English. My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Madagascar: Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo: 9
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
Seychelles (British too)
Togo (British and Germany too)
An African in Greenland by Kpomassie. My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Botswana: Baralong Seboni: Love That
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz. Magnificent story about colonial Egypt and family. No review as I read these long before I started on this quest.
Poet of the Week from Syria/Egypt: Khalil Mutran: Boycott
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.
Lesotho (and Dutch)
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
Mauritius (also french and dutch)
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
Sierra Leone (in the future compare with Liberian literature)
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. My review is here.
There is a Country: New Fiction from the New Nation of South Sudan FUTURE READ.
Lyrics Alley. My review will be here.
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. My review is here.
All our Names: My review is here. THIS IS THE GREAT AFRICAN NOVEL. One of the best books I've ever read.
To Stop a Warlord (technically a memoir but it reads like a novel). My review is here.
South Africa (Dutch too)
My Traitor's Heart: Read this but never wrote a review.
Bring Me My Machine Gun: Read this but never wrote a review.
The Old Drift: My review will be here.
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller. I read this years before I started writing reviews.
Poet of the Week from Zambia: Gwendoline Konie: In the Fist of Your Hand
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness I read this years before I started writing reviews.
We Need New Names: My review is here.
They Are Coming: My review is here.
Burundi (German too)
A Bend in the River(1979) by V.S. Naipaul. My review is here.
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters by Jason Stearns. Not fiction but it reads like--my review is here.
Poet of the Week from the Congo: Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard: Impuissance
Rwanda (German too)
Everything is Yours, Everything is Not Yours: My review is here.
Eritrea (British too)
Ethiopia (Italy tried but failed)
In Praise of Savagery: My review is here.
Beneath the Lion's Gaze. My review is here.
The Shadow King. My review is here.
The Orchard of Lost Souls. My review will be here.
Warrior: Life and Death Among Somalis. My review is here.
The Insanity of God. My review is here.
Poet of the Week from Somalia: Abdirashid Omar: The Decree
Poet of the Week from Somalia: K'Naan: Somalia.
She Would Be King. My review is here.
Namibia (but also South African)
AFRICA READING LISTS:
Heinemann African Writers Series Wiki Entry
Where to find Heinemann African Writers Series for a Price
Africa is a Country reading lists: