January 23, 2012 by markstani
Fellow book blogger Kinna Reads has devised the Africa Reading Challenge: a loose commitment to read, review and discuss at least five books from the continent over the course of this year. It’s a worthy idea, and should help shine a light on the sheer scope of Africa’s fact and fiction output. This blog will start in the next few days with a review of Noo Saro-Wiwa’s Nigerian travelogue, ‘Looking For Transwonderland’. Another certainty on the list is Ahmadou Kourouma’s fictional, first-person account of a child soldier, ‘Allah Is Not Obliged’. How to resist a book whose opening paragraph reads:
The full, final and complete title of my bullshit story is: Allah is not obliged to be fair about all the things he does here on earth. Okay. Right. I better start explaining some stuff.
Other candidates include the equally unforgiving ‘African Psycho’ by Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou, ‘Anatomy of a Disappearance’ by Libya’s Hisham Matar, and – feeding this writer’s entirely irrational obsession with the country in question -‘Told By Starlight in Chad’ by Joseph Brahim Seid. Any other suggestions will be warmly welcomed.