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Horseman

Written by Mike Nicol


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76039-9 (0-679-76039-3)

“A dark and terrifying novel presenting a mythical account of the development of evil through the history of Southern Africa.” —Seattle Times

This ferocious novel by one of South Africa’s visionary writers is a post-colonial reimagining of the Book of Revelation—an unholy epic that reenvisions the catastrophic violence of European “civilization”... Read more >

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The Ibis Tapestry

Written by Mike Nicol


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78095-3 (0-679-78095-5)

An audacious departure of the internationally acclaimed South African novelist—a thriller with all the searing immediacy of today's headlines. Robert Poley is an unhappy writer of “airport” thrillers. His teenage son has been busted for drug possession, and his wife has recently left him for a woman. So, when a dead... Read more >

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This Day and Age

Written by Mike Nicol


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74200-5 (0-679-74200-X)

With tremendous political daring, South African novelist Mike Nicol offers a luminous parable of his country's past. Bawdy and terrifying, fantastical yet eerily familiar, This Day and Age realizes the prophecy told to a newly elected president on the eve of his inauguration. After years of bountiful harmony will come plague... Read more >

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The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories

Edited by Nadezda Obradovic


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72240-7 (0-385-72240-0)

“The short stories assembled here resemble the art of an mbari display in the great variety and frank energy of their styles and practices. We are not expected, or indeed intended, to experience every offering with impartial, even-handed enthusiasm. But we will do well as we embark on the journey they... Read more >

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The Famished Road

Written by Ben Okri


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1993
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42513-1 (0-385-42513-9)

Winner of the 1991 Booker Prize. Set in the ghetto of an African city during British colonial rule, this rich, phantasmagorical novel follows Azaro, a "spirit-child" who has reneged on a pact with the spirit world.

"A dazzling achievement for any writer in any language."
The New York Times Book Review

"A masterpiece... Read more >

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Dust

Written by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96120-4 (0-307-96120-6)

From a breathtaking new voice, a novel about a splintered family in Kenya—a story of power and deceit, unrequited love, survival and sacrifice.

Odidi Oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi. His grief-stricken sister, Ajany, just returned from Brazil, and their father bring his body back... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Icarus Girl

Written by Helen Oyeyemi


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7875-2 (1-4000-7875-X)

The Icarus Girl is an astonishing achievement.” —Sunday Telegraph (London)

Jessamy “Jess” Harrison is eight years old. Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of an extraordinary and powerful imagination, she spends hours writing haiku, reading Shakespeare, or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. As the child of an English father and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Opposite House

Written by Helen Oyeyemi


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7876-9 (1-4000-7876-8)

In a dazzling follow-up to The Icarus Girl, Helen Oyeyemi explores the thin wall between myth and reality through the alternating tales of two young women and their search for the truth about faith and identity.

Maja was five years old when her black Cuban family emigrated from the Caribbean to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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White is for Witching
A Novel
Written by Helen Oyeyemi


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: June 23, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52605-0 (0-385-52605-9)

Miranda is at homehomesick, home sick . . .”

As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume nonedible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition; nothing, however, satisfies a strange hunger passed down through the women in... Read more >

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Season of Migration to the North

Written by Tayeb Salih
Translated by Denys Johnson-Davies
Introduction by Laila Lalami


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-302-2 (1-59017-302-3)

After many years of study in Europe, the young narrator of Season of Migration to the North returns to his village along the Nile in the Sudan, eager to make a contribution to the new postcolonial life of his country. Back home, he discovers a stranger among the familiar faces of... Read more >

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The Wedding of Zein

Written by Tayeb Salih
Translated by Denys Johnson-Davies
Introduction by Hisham Matar


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-342-8 (1-59017-342-2)

The Wedding of Zein unfolds in the same village on the upper Nile where Tayeb Salih’s tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is set. Here, however, the story that emerges through the overlapping, sometimes contradictory voices of the villagers is comic. Zein is the village idiot, and everyone in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-557-9 (1-60980-557-7)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-559-3 (1-60980-559-3)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Eddie Signwriter
A Novel
Written by Adam Schwartzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47466-7 (0-307-47466-6)

A stunning debut novel—its power and prose evocative of such diverse writers as Faulkner, Ondaatje, Nabokov, and Coetzee–about a young African’s international odyssey of self-discovery.

Kwasi Edward Michael Dankwa—Eddie Signwriter to his clients—is a twenty-year-old painter of murals and billboards in the city of Accra, Ghana, who is buffeted by forces... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ake
The Years of Childhood
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72540-4 (0-679-72540-7)

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction

Soyinka tells the story of his boyhood, before and during World War II, in a western Nigerian town called Ake.

“Unquestionably Africa’s most versatile writer and arguably her finest.” —New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant imagist who uses poetry and drama to convey his... Read more >

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Climate of Fear
The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7424-9 (0-8129-7424-7)

In this new book developed from the prestigious Reith Lectures, Nobel Prize—winning author Wole Soyinka, a courageous advocate for human rights around the world, considers fear as the dominant theme in world politics.

Decades ago, the idea of collective fear had a tangible face: the atom bomb. Today our shared anxiety has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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You Must Set Forth at Dawn
A Memoir
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75514-9 (0-375-75514-4)

The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile from) his beloved, beleaguered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cutting for Stone

Written by Abraham Verghese


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71436-8 (0-375-71436-7)

A stunning debut novel from the author of My Own Country: an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, fathers and sons, doctors and patients, exile and home.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin scions of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission... Read more >

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Cutting for Stone
A novel
Written by Abraham Verghese


Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41449-7 (0-375-41449-5)

A stunning debut novel from the author of My Own Country: an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, fathers and sons, doctors and patients, exile and home.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin scions of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission... Read more >

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Dreams in a Time of War
A Childhood Memoir
Written by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47621-0 (0-307-47621-9)

Born in 1938 in rural Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o came of age in the shadow of World War II, amidst the terrible bloodshed in the war between the Mau Mau and the British. The son of a man whose four wives bore him more than a score of children, young Ngũgĩ... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the House of the Interpreter
A Memoir
Written by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90769-1 (0-307-90769-4)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

World-renowned Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright, and literary critic Ng˜ug˜ý wa Thiong’o gives us the second volume of his memoirs in the wake of his critically acclaimed Dreams in a Time of War.

In the House of the Interpreter richly and poignantly evokes the author’s life and times... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wizard of the Crow

Written by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 28, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3384-3 (1-4000-3384-5)

In exile now for more than twenty years, Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet and critic Ngugi wa Thiong’o has become one of the most widely read African writers.

Commencing in “our times” and set in the fictional “Free Republic of Aburiria,” Wizard of the Crow dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

Written by Christie Watson


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-466-5 (1-59051-466-1)

When their mother catches their father with another woman, twelve year-old Blessing and her fourteen-year-old brother, Ezikiel, are forced to leave their comfortable home in Lagos for a village in the Niger Delta, to live with their mother’s family. Without running water or electricity, Warri is at first a nightmare for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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