Africa Reading

In May 1998 I completed a project of reading at least one book about each country in Africa. The reading list I kept became the basis for my book A Basket of Leaves, in which I write about the books listed below. Links will bring you to my reviews of certain titles.
1. Algeria
  • The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
  • The Savage Night by Mohammed Dib
  • Algerian White by Assia Djebar
2. Angola 3. Benin
  • The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin
4. Botswana
  • When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head
  • Whites by Norman Rush
5. Burkina Faso 6. Burundi
  • The True Sources of the Nile by Sarah Stone
7. Cameroon 8. Cape Verde 9. Central African Republic 10. Chad 11. Comoros
  • Last of the Pirates by Samantha Weinberg
12. Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
  • The Catastrophist by Ronan Bennett
  • A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  • Between Tides by V.Y. Mudimbe
13. Congo (Republic of the)
  • The Fire of Origins by Emmanuel Dongala
  • The Seven Solitudes of Lorsa Lopez by Sony Labou Tansi
  • No Mercy by Redmond O'Hanlon
14. Djibouti
  • Somebody Else by Charles Nicholl
15. Egypt
  • Out of Egypt by André Aciman
  • Mountolive by Lawrence Durrell
  • Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz
  • In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh
  • The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif
16. Equatorial Guinea
  • Tropical Gangsters by Robert Klitgaard
17. Eritrea
  • To Asmara by Thomas Keneally
18. Ethiopia
  • The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Notes from the Hyena's Belly by Nega Mezlekia
19. Gabon
  • Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley
20. The Gambia
  • Our Grandmothers' Drums by Mark Hudson
21. Ghana
  • All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou
  • No Sweetness Here by Ama Ata Aidoo
22. Guinea
  • The Dark Child by Camara Laye
23. Guinea-Bissau
  • The Bush Rebels
    by Barbara Cornwall
24. Ivory Coast
  • The Suns of Independence by Ahmadou Kourouma
  • In the Shadow of the Sacred Grove by Carol Spindel
25. Kenya
  • A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
  • A Primate's Memoir by Robert M. Sapolsky
26. Lesotho
  • Singing Away the Hunger
    by Mpho Nthunya
27. Liberia
  • Journey Without Maps by Graham Greene
  • Mississippi in Africa by Alan Huffman
28. Libya
  • The Bleeding of the Stone by Ibrahim Al-Koni
29. Madagascar
  • The Eighth Continent by Peter Tyson
30. Malawi
  • The Chattering Wagtails of Mikuyu Prison by Jack Mapanje
31. Mali
  • The Heart of the Ngoni by Harold Courlander with Ousmane Sako
  • Segu by Maryse Condé
32. Mauritania
  • The Fearful Void by Geoffrey Moorhouse
33. Mauritius
  • Journey to Mauritius by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de St. Pierre
  • The Book of Color by Julia Blackburn
34. Morocco
  • The Sand Child by Tahar ben Jelloun
  • The Road to Fez by Ruth Knafo Setton
35. Mozambique
  • Voices Made Night by Mia Couto
  • Dumba Nengue by Lina Magaia
36. Namibia
  • The Harmless People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
  • The Purple Violet of Oshaantu by Neshani Andreas
37. Niger
  • In Sorcery's Shadow by Paul Stoller and Cheryl Olkes
38. Nigeria
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • The Slave Girl by Buchi Emecheta
  • The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
  • Aké, The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka
  • Efuru by Flora Nwapa
  • Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi
  • Stars of the New Curfew by Ben Okri
  • GraceLand by Chris Abani
  • Waiting for an Angel by Helon Habila
39. Rwanda 40. São Tomé and Principe
  • The Heinemann Book of African Women's Poetry edited by Stella and Frank Chipasula
41. Senegal
  • God's Bits of Wood by Sembène Ousmane
  • Ambiguous Adventure by Cheikh Hamidou Kane
  • So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ
  • I Get on the Bus by Reginald McKnight
42. Seychelles 43. Sierra Leone
  • The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar by Syl Cheney-Coker
  • The Devil That Danced on the Water by Aminatta Forna
44. Somalia
  • First Footsteps in East Africa by Richard Burton
  • Secrets by Nuruddin Farah
45. South Africa
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  • July's People by Nadine Gordimer
  • Age of Iron by J.M. Coetzee
  • Mother to Mother by Sindiwe Magona
  • The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda
46. Sudan
  • Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
  • African Calliope by Edward Hoagland
47. Swaziland
  • Sangoma by James Hall
48. Tanzania
  • Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah
  • The Gunny Sack by M.G. Vassanji
49. Togo 50. Tunisia 51. Uganda
  • The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
  • Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa
52. Western Sahara 53. Zambia
  • The Eye of the Elephant by Delia and Mark Owens
  • A Cowrie of Hope by Binwell Sinyangwe
54. Zimbabwe


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