What African/African American Literature are you Reading June/July 2021?

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What African/African American Literature are you Reading June/July 2021?

Jun 12, 2021, 1:15 pm

What African/African American Literature are you Reading June/July 2021?

Jun 22, 2021, 9:09 pm

I'm currently reading The Tuner of Silences by the Mozambican author Mia Couto, which is superb so far.

Edited: Jun 23, 2021, 5:09 am

Last week-end, I read Et le ciel a oublié de pleuvoir (And the sky forgot to rain), a multiple-voice novella by Beyrouk, which was not a bundle of laughs, but very moving. I want to read The Desert and the Drum by the same author as soon as I can get my hands on the original French.
I have just finished Speak out, Black sisters: feminism and oppression in Black Africa by Awa Thiam, a half-forgotten Black feminist classic from 1978, well worth revisiting, if only to realise that not much has changed in the intervening 40-odd years.

Edited: Jun 23, 2021, 5:59 am

Earlier in June I read The Actual, by Inua Ellams, which is his latest poetry collection and his best so far, of the same high standard as his acclaimed dramatic works.

On my radar for the remainder of the year are:
The Book of Chameleons, by Jose Eduardo Agualusa;
The Ultimate Tragedy, by Abdulai Sila;
The Fury and Cries of Women, by Angele Rawiri;
Reading the Ceiling, by Dayo Forster;
A Cowrie of Hope, by Binwell Sinyangwe;
Little Boys Come From the Stars, by Emmanuel Boundzéki Dongala;
The Girl Who Can, by Ama Ata Aidoo;
and maaaybe The First Wife : a tale of polygamy, by Paulina Chiziane.

>3 Dilara86: I hope more of Beyrouk's fiction is translated into English. The Desert and the Drum was an outstanding read and is still in my mind.

I was considering re-reading Ama Ata Aidoo's feminst classic Our Sister Killjoy after I recently enjoyed Changes : a love story but I need to read her short story collection The Girl Who Can first.

Edited: Jun 23, 2021, 10:28 am

Wow, I'm picking up some great wishlist ideas; thanks, everyone!

>4 spiralsheep:, Little Boys Come From the Stars is so good! And The First Wife by Paulina Chiziane is on mount TBR.

I've recently finished My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (great)
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (also great)
A Kick in the Belly by Stella Dadzie (nonfiction, good, but the best parts were the intro & conclusion)

And I'm still slowly working my way through the wonder that is The Essential Etheridge Knight by Etheridge Knight(poetry; amazing!)

Jun 23, 2021, 10:32 am

>5 susanbooks: It's good to have a rec from someone whose opinion I respect. I was originally planning to cram Little Boys Come from the Stars in before the end of June for this quarter's Reading Globally childhood theme, but I'm bogged down in another book (and all I really want to read at the moment is comic books and short stories, lol).

Jun 23, 2021, 3:28 pm

>6 spiralsheep: What a lovely thing to say! Right back atcha.

Jun 23, 2021, 10:37 pm

The Dead are Arising, the new biography of Malcolm X. Listening to it on unabridged audiobook. Well read, and so far very good. Lots of background and context so right now Malcolm is just 5 yrs old.

Jun 29, 2021, 4:06 pm

>1 Tess_W: I just finished Paul Beatty's The White Boy Shuffle and have just started Octavia Butler's Parable of the Talents.

Ben Okri's The Freedom Artist is up next.

Jul 10, 2021, 9:45 am

I am leading the third quarter theme in the Reading Globally group on LibraryThing, The Lusophone World: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language, and I have started reading books from Lusophone Africa for this theme. So far I've read and reviewed the following books:

The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto (Mozambique)
Native Dance: An African Story and The Moor of Sankoré by Gervásio Kaiser (São Tomé and Príncipe)
The Last Will & Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo by Germano Almeida (Cabo Verde)
Good Morning Comrades by Ondjaki (Angola)

Next up will be the novel Shadows of Your Black Memory by Donato Ndongo (Equatorial Guinea) and the poetry collection Anos Ku Ta Manda by Yasmina Nuny (Guinea-Bissau).