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Africa

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The list author says: "A list of some of my favorite fiction and non-fiction books by Africans or about Africa."
Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart
"This book is about Africa by an African author. Gives a much more helpful perspective on colonization and imperialism than, say, Heart of Darkness. I wish this was taught more in our high schools!"
God Dies By the Nile 6th impression 2002 paperback
God Dies By the Nile 6th impression 2002 paperback
"One of the most haunting and hard-to-read books I have ever encountered. El-Saadawi writes about being a woman in Egypt and many of the hardships that women often endure. Her focus on sexuality is brutal and poignant."
So Long a Letter (African Writers)
So Long a Letter (African Writers)
"Very easy to read little book about femininity and plural marriage in Senegal."
What is the What
What is the What
"One of my all-time favorite books, "What is the What" novelizes one Sudanese man's struggle as one of the "walking boys." It is hard to get this book out of your head."
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
"Wonderfully written account of one boys's struggle to remain human as he is forced to become a boy soldier in Sierra Leone."
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
"A wonderful autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina. The movie Hotel Rwanda was based on his experiences during the 1994 Rwandan genocide."
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
"Probably the best, most accessible and understandable primer on the Rwandan genocide, written in a straight-forward style but still with great feeling."
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
"Slow but important. Read if you like being angry about imperialism or to understand the historical impact of imperialism on African culture and politics today."
No Future Without Forgiveness
No Future Without Forgiveness
"Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the most influential philosophers and theologians of our time, writes a beautiful and impactful treatise on forgiveness in light of South Africa's post-apartheid Truth & Reconciliation Commission."