Cry, the Beloved Country

10 August 2020 | By Alan Paton | Filed in: southern africa.

Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948 Alan Paton s impassioned novel about a black man s country under white man s law is a work of searing beauty.Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

10 August 2020 | By Alexandra Fuller | Filed in: southern africa.

In Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate Fuller

Long Walk to Freedom

10 August 2020 | By Nelson Mandela | Filed in: southern africa.

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country n nSince his triumphant release in 1990 from than a

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1)

10 August 2020 | By Alexander McCall Smith | Filed in: southern africa.

Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana s No.1 and only lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter However, the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven year old boy, who may h

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa

10 August 2020 | By Peter Godwin | Filed in: southern africa.

After his father s heart attack in 1984, Peter Godwin began a series of pilgrimages back to Zimbabwe, the land of his birth, from Manhattan, where he now lives On these frequent visits to check on his elderly parents, he bore witness to Zimbabwe s dramatic spiral downwards into thejaws of violent c

We Need New Names

10 August 2020 | By NoViolet Bulawayo | Filed in: southern africa.

An exciting literary debut the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America n nDarling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo s

Scribbling the Cat

10 August 2020 | By Alexandra Fuller | Filed in: southern africa.

When Alexandra Bo Fuller was in Zambia a few years ago visiting her parents, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known as being a tough bugger Her father s response was a warning to steer clear of him Curiosity scibbled the cat, he told her Nonetheless, Fuller began her stra

Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa

10 August 2020 | By Peter Godwin | Filed in: southern africa.

The Barnes Noble ReviewJanuary 1998 Mukiwa A White Boy in Africa is the story of Peter Godwin s experiences growing up in Rhodesia He recounts the story of that country s violent transformation into Zimbabwe, as well as his own personal metamorphoses from privileged boy to reluctant soldier to i

The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe

10 August 2020 | By Peter Godwin | Filed in: southern africa.

Journalist Peter Godwin has covered wars As a soldier, he s fought them But nothing prepared him for the surreal mix of desperation and hope he encountered when he returned to Zimbabwe, his broken homeland Godwin arrived as Robert Mugabe, the country s dictator for 30 years, has finally lost an e

Waiting for the Barbarians

10 August 2020 | By J.M. Coetzee | Filed in: southern africa.

For decades the Magistrate has been a loyal servant of the Empire, running the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement and ignoring the impending war with the barbarians When interrogation experts arrive, however, he witnesses the Empire s cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war Jolted into s

When Rain Clouds Gather

10 August 2020 | By Bessie Head | Filed in: southern africa.

A poverty stricken village in the heart of rural Botswana is a haven to the exiles gathered there When a political refugee from South Africa joins forces with an English agricultural expert, the time honoured subsistence farming method and old ways of life are challenged.

A Question of Power

10 August 2020 | By Bessie Head | Filed in: southern africa.

Your mother was insane If you re not careful you ll get insane just like your mother Your mother was a white woman They had to lock her up, as she was having a child by the stable boy who was a native It is never clear to Elizabeth whether the mission school principal s cruel revelation of her

July's People

10 August 2020 | By Nadine Gordimer | Filed in: southern africa.

For years, it had been what is called a deteriorating situation Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds The members of the Smales family liberal whites are rescued from the terror by their servant, July, who leads them to refuge in his village What happens to the Smaleses and to