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Proud Beggars

Written by Albert Cossery
Translated by Thomas W. Cushing
Introduction by Alyson Waters


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-442-5 (1-59017-442-9)

Early in Proud Beggars, a brutal and motiveless murder is committed in a Cairo brothel. But the real mystery at the heart of Albert Cossery’s wry black comedy is not the cause of this death, but the paradoxical richness to be found in even the most materially impoverished life. Chief among... Read more >
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The Power of One
A Novel
Written by Bryce Courtenay


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 29, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41005-4 (0-345-41005-X)

In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams–which are nothing compared to what life... Read more >
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Little Boys Come from the Stars

Written by Emmanuel Dongala


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72122-6 (0-385-72122-6)

Little Boys Come from the Stars is the story of a turbulent African nation seen through the eyes of a precocious teen dubbed Matapari (“trouble”). Though his father is a reclusive scholar, his mother a confused Catholic, and his uncle a shameless opportunist, Matapari is a regular kid who wears Reeboks... Read more >

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Master Harold and the Boys

Written by Athol Fugard


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 13, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47520-6 (0-307-47520-4)

This play about a young white boy and two African servants is at once a compelling drama of South African apartheid and a universal coming-of-age story. Originally produced in 1982, it is now an acknowledged classic of the stage, whose themes of injustice, racism, friendship, and reconciliation traverse borders and time.

“In... Read more >

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Ambiguous Adventure

Written by Cheikh Hamidou Kane
Afterword by Wole Soyinka
Translated by Katherine Woods


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-054-9 (1-61219-054-5)

The celebrated classic by a groundbreaking figure in African literature addresses a critical contemporary issue–the collision of Islamic African values and Western culture

Hailed by Chinua Achebe as one of the greatest African novels ever written, this long-unavailable classic tells the tale of young Samba Diallo, a devout pupil in a Koranic... Read more >
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Abyssinian Chronicles
A Novel
Written by Moses Isegawa


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70577-9 (0-375-70577-5)

“His story has a strange amoral power, an immediacy and raw energy that capture the mood of the times.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Like an African Midnight’s Children or One Hundred Years of Solitude, this epic generational saga set in Uganda tells a story of the twentieth century that is seminal... Read more >
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Snakepit
A Novel
Written by Moses Isegawa


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71921-9 (0-375-71921-0)

Praised on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in the author’s native Uganda, Moses Isegawa’s first novel Abyssinian Chronicles was a “big, transcendently ambitious book” (Boston Globe) that “blasts open the tidy borders of the conventional novel and redraws the literary map to reveal a whole new world” (Elle).

In... Read more >
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The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi
A Novel
Written by Arthur Japin


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71889-2 (0-375-71889-3)

“The first ten years of my life I was not black.” Thus begins this startlingly eloquent and beautiful tale based on the true story of Kwasi Boachi, a 19th- century African prince who was sent with his cousin, Kwame, to be raised in Holland as a guest of the royal family... Read more >
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Allah is Not Obliged

Written by Ahmadou Kourouma


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27957-6 (0-307-27957-X)

Winner of the Prix Renadot

“Allah is not obliged to be fair about all the things he does here on earth.”

These are the words of the boy soldier Birahima in the final masterpiece by one of Africa’s most celebrated writers, Ahmadou Kourouma.

When ten-year-old Birahima’s mother dies, he leaves his native village... Read more >
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Skinned
Selected Poems
Written by Antjie Krog


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-463-3 (1-60980-463-5)

One of South Africa’s greatest living poets selects from her most recent poems and also from the poems and the themes that best represent her from across her long career.

Part One of Skinned contains poems about writing, family and love poems. The poems in second part were chosen from a volume featuring... Read more >
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The Moor's Account
A Novel
Written by Laila Lalami


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-91166-7 (0-307-91166-7)

In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America—a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record.

In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six... Read more >
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Rowing Lesson

Written by Anne Landsman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: November 1, 2008
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-528-7 (1-56947-528-8)

Winner of the South African M-Net Literary Prize (English category)

Betsy Klein is summoned from her home in the United States to the bedside of her dying father in a South African hospital. Faced with having to say goodbye, she delves into his mind, speaking to him in the lyrical second-person. She... Read more >
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The Radiance of the King

Written by Camara Laye
Translated by James Kirkup
Introduction by Toni Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-455-5 (1-59017-455-0)

Clarence, a white man, has been shipwrecked on the coast of Africa. Flush with self-importance, he demands to see the king, but the king has just left for the south of his realm. Traveling through an increasingly phantasmagoric landscape in the company of a beggar and two roguish boys, Clarence is... Read more >

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Mother to Mother

Written by Sindiwe Magona


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 15, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0949-9 (0-8070-0949-0)

Sindiwe Magona’s novel Mother to Mother explores the South African legacy of apartheid through the lens of a woman who remembers a life marked by oppression and injustice. Magona decided to write this novel when she discovered that Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl, who had been killed while working to organize the... Read more >
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Adrift on the Nile

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1994
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42333-5 (0-385-42333-0)

For the thousands of devoted readers of Naguib Mahfouz’s The Cairo Trilogy, Adrift on the Nile—first published in Arabic in 1966—will be an exciting and dramatic change of pace.

In elegant and economic prose, Mahfouz creates—out of the simplest of plots—a telling commentary on human nature. It is the late sixties, and... Read more >

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Akhenaten
Dweller in Truth A Novel
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49909-5 (0-385-49909-4)

From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of the Cairo trilogy, comes Akhenaten, a fascinating work of fiction about the most infamous pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

In this beguiling new novel, originally published in 1985 and now appearing for the first time in the United States, Mahfouz tells... Read more >
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Morning and Evening Talk

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45506-2 (0-307-45506-8)

This unusual epic from the Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz portrays five generations of one sprawling family against the upheavals of two centuries of modern Egyptian history.

Set in Cairo, Morning and Evening Talk traces three related families from the arrival of Napoleon to the 1980s, through short character sketches arranged in alphabetical... Read more >
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The Seventh Heaven
Supernatural Tales
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27714-5 (0-307-27714-3)

Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz draws on his homeland’s rich engagement with the afterlife–and his own near-death experience at the hands of a would-be assassin–in these newly translated, brilliantly mysterious stories of the supernatural.

Among those who haunt these tales are the ghosts of Akhenaten, Woodrow Wilson, and Gamal Abd al-Nasser, who... Read more >
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Thebes at War

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7669-7 (1-4000-7669-2)

Known and loved throughout Egypt as a work that celebrates the national character, Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz’s Thebes at War tells of a high point in Egyptian history—ancient Egypt’s defeat of Asiatic foreigners who had dominated northern Egypt for two hundred years.

With a visit from a court official and a provocative... Read more >
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Three Novels of Ancient Egypt Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopis of Nubia, Thebes at War

Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock, Anthony Calderbank and Humphrey Davies
Introduction by Nadine Gordimer


Format: Hardcover, 648 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 27, 2007
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26624-8 (0-307-26624-9)

Mahfouz reaches back thousands of years in these novels to bring us tales from his homeland's majestic early history--tales of the Egyptian nobility, and of war, star-crossed love, and the divine rule of the pharaohs. In Khufu's Wisdom, the legendary Fourth Dynasty monarch faces the prospect of the end of his... Read more >
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The Eye of the Leopard

Written by Henning Mankell


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38585-7 (0-307-38585-X)

Interweaving past and present, Sweden and Zambia, rich and poor, The Eye of the Leopard is a stunning novel from a modern master.

Hans Olofson arrives in Zambia not long after independence, hoping to fulfill the missionary dream of his recently deceased friend Janice. Africa is a complete shock to Olofson, yet... Read more >

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Zenzele
A Letter for My Daughter
Written by J. Nozipo Maraire


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: April 7, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31822-8 (0-385-31822-7)

Written as a letter from a Zimbabwean mother to her daughter, a student at Harvard, J. Nozipo Maraire evokes the moving story of a mother reaching out to her child to share the lessons life has taught her, and bring the two closer than ever before. Interweaving history and memories, disappointments... Read more >

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Natural Elements

Written by Richard Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38732-5 (0-307-38732-1)

In this moving, layered novel of memory and family, celebrated author Richard Mason tells the story of a mother and daughter, one caught in the past, one racing toward the future.

Joan is eighty years old, a gifted amateur pianist who can no longer play because of her arthritic hands. Joan’s daughter... Read more >
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Blue Shoes and Happiness
A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (7)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7571-3 (1-4000-7571-8)

From universally beloved author Alexander McCall Smith, comes this seventh installment in the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series featuring Botswana’s best-loved detective.

Life is good for Mma Ramotswe as she sets out with her usual resolve to solve people’s problems, heal their misfortunes, and untangle the mysteries that make... Read more >
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Blue Shoes and Happiness
The New Novel in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 18, 2006
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42272-0 (0-375-42272-2)

In this latest installment in the internationally best-selling, universally beloved series, there is considerable excitement at The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. A cobra has been found in Precious Ramotswe’s office. Then a nurse from a local medical clinic reveals that faulty blood–pressure readings are being recorded there. And Botswana has... Read more >
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