My Favorite African Memoirs

A Listmania! list by Claire Datnow (Alabama, USA)
The list author says: "The most fascinating memoirs vividly depict life in a particular time and place, and weave the intimate personal stories into the historical and political events shaping that country and the lives of its people. What memoirs are on your list of favorites?"
Conversations with Myself
1.  Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela
The list author says:
  "Nelson Mandela is a great statesman who steered South Africa in to a miraculously peaceful transition out of the draconian grip of Apartheid."
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When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa
2.  When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin
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  "Godwin's memoir deftly weaves his personal history with the country's difficult political events."
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
3.  Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
The list author says:
  "Fuller vividly recalls her coming of age in Rhodesia as a long civil war raged in neighboring Mozambique and her own country slid down the violent path toward an independent, African Nationalist regime."
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Behind The Walled Garden of Apartheid: A Memoir
4.  Behind The Walled Garden of Apartheid: A Memoir by Claire L. Datnow
The list author says:
  "Datnow’s memoir of growing up in South Africa deftly conjures up the era's blatant racism, the rich African landscape,  and her struggle as a young adult to come to terms with the wrongdoings of that dark era."
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The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
5.  The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) by Elspeth Joscelin Grant Huxley
The list author says:
  "A wonderful and touching memoir that has become a classic of what it was like to live on an African farm in the early twentieth century."
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Living in Hope and History: Notes from Our Century
6.  Living in Hope and History: Notes from Our Century by Nadine Gordimer
The list author says:
  "Dating from the dark days of apartheid through the present, the collection offers a moving account of South Africa's struggle and its final triumph."
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Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
7.  Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane
The list author says:
  "In this emotional chronicle of growing up black in South Africa, a young writer makes us feel the horrors of apartheid. Living illegally in a shanty outside Johannesburg, Mathabane and his family endured the heartbreak and hopelessness of poverty and the violence of sadistic police and tsotsi gangs."
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Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider
8.  Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider by Zakes Mda
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  "An out siders view of living in three different words."
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