While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several months. Enjoy our highlight reel, and we’ll be back with new stuff on Monday, January 5th.
This post originally ran September 24, 2014.
If you’re like me and are trying to diversify your reading, then you know that discoverability is an issue. I want to start reading more books by non-U.S. and UK authors, but where do I start? Well, if you’re interested in African authors, here’s what I’ve got.
Through extensive Googling and suggestions from fellow Rioters, I’ve compiled the following list. These are fiction books by African authors, sorted by country. Not every African country is represented here, though I did my best. All of these books are available for purchase in the U.S. If an author has written multiple books (such as Achebe or Adichie), I listed just one so you’d have the author’s name. I also did not have any sort of genre/format restriction, so though most of these are adult literary fiction, not all of them are.
I can’t necessarily recommend these books one way or another because many of them I haven’t read (though I have read a good number), but hopefully this list will get you started. I absolutely know I missed books on this list, so please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments, as well as provide recommendations if you have read some of these books.
The Attack – Yasmina Khadra
Good Morning Comrades – Ondjaki
The Screaming of the Innocent – Unity Dow
Houseboy – Ferdinand Oyono
Democratic Republic of Congo
In the United States of Africa – Abdourahman A. Waberi
Chaka – Thomas Mofolo
Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile – Won-Ldy Paye
The Last of the Sweet Bananas: New and Selected Poems – Jack Mapanje
The Fortunes of Wangrin – Amadou Hampate Ba
The Last Brother – Nathacha Appanah
Under the Frangipani – Mia Couto
The Purple Violet of Oshaantu – Neshami Andreas
No Longer at Ease – Chinua Achebe [edited for misspelling]
Say You’re One of Them – Uwem Akpan
Everything Good Will Come – Sefi Atta
Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Open City – Teju Cole
Oil on Water – Helon Habila
Daughters Who Walk This Path – Yejide Kilanko
Foreign Gods, Inc – Okey Ndibe
I Do Not Come to You by Chance – Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor
The Famished Road – Ben Okri
The Secret Lives of the Four Wives – Lola Shoneyin
So Long a Letter – Mariama Ba
Broken Monsters – Lauren Beukes
Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
The October Killings – Wessel Ebersohn
In a Strange Room – Damon Galgut
The Conservationist – Nadine Gordimer
The Three – Sarah Lotz
Ways of Dying – Zakes Mda
Minaret – Leila Aboulela
Paradise – Abdulrazak Gurnah
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