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Horn of Africa
A Novel
Written by Philip Caputo


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72511-1 (0-375-72511-3)

Pulitzer Prize—winner Philip Caputo spins a gut-leveling story about a broken man’s struggle for salvation and inner freedom in the midst of a broken nation’s fight for stability and peace.

When Vietnam veteran and foreign correspondent Charlie Gage realizes he’s been coerced into becoming a mercenary in a guerilla war, he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hottentot Venus
A Novel
Written by Barbara Chase-Riboud


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3208-2 (1-4000-3208-3)

In this extraordinary novel based on a true story, Chase-Riboud recounts the tragic life of Sarah Baartman, a South African herdswoman exhibited as a “scientific curiosity” in the capitals of nineteenth-century Europe. She re-creates in vivid, shocking detail the racism and sexism at the heart of European imperialism. In an unforgettable... Read more >
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Unconfessed

Written by Yvette Christianse


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: September 17, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-281-4 (1-59051-281-2)

Pen/Hemingway Award Finalist

Slavery as it existed in Africa has seldom been portrayed–and never with such texture, detail, and authentic emotion. Inspired by actual 19th-century court records, Unconfessed is a breathtaking literary tour de force. They called her Sila van den Kaap, slave woman of Jacobus Stephanus Van der Wat of Plettenberg... Read more >

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Open City
A Novel
Written by Teju Cole


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8009-7 (0-8129-8009-3)

Winner, 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction)
A 2011 New York Times Notable Book

A haunting novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss, dislocation, and surrender, Teju Cole’s Open City seethes with intelligence. It is a profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our... Read more >
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A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

Written by Gil Courtemanche


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3434-5 (1-4000-3434-5)

“The novel of the year” is what La Presse called this extraordinary book, a love story that takes place in the days leading up to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. A first work of fiction by one of French Canada’s most admired journalists, Gil Courtemanche, this humanist story of an unlikely... 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 >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Out of Africa
and Shadows on the Grass
Written by Isak Dinesen


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72475-9 (0-679-72475-3)

Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) left Denmark and sailed for East Africa to marry her Swedish cousin, Baron Bror Blixen. They bought a coffee plantation in Kenya and from 1914 to 1931 she managed it, even after she and her husband separated. Her account of those years is transformed by the magical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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What Is the What

Written by Dave Eggers


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38590-1 (0-307-38590-6)

What Is the What is the epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children—the so-called Lost Boys—was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and... Read more >
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Ladysmith
A Novel
Written by Giles Foden


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70837-4 (0-375-70837-5)

From the author of the Whitbread Award—winning The Last King of Scotland, comes a spellbinding tale of a town under siege in colonial Africa and a young woman who finds love and freedom in the midst of a devastating war.

The year is 1899, and the South African town of Ladysmith is... Read more >
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The Last King of Scotland

Written by Giles Foden


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70331-7 (0-375-70331-4)

Winner of the Whitbread Award

"This decidedly quirky yet absorbing first novel—that brings to mind the diabolical Evelyn Waugh."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

Shortly after his arrival in Uganda, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan is called to the scene of a bizarre accident: Idi Amin, careening down a dirt road in his red Maserati... 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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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
An African Childhood
Written by Alexandra Fuller


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75899-7 (0-375-75899-2)

When the ship veered into the Cape of Good Hope, Mum caught the spicy, heady scent of Africa on the changing wind. She smelled the people: raw onions and salt, the smell of people who are not afraid to eat meat, and who smoke fish over open fires on the beach... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rhadopis of Nubia

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7668-0 (1-4000-7668-4)

Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz mines the riches of his homeland’s ancient past in Rhadopis of Nubia, an unforgettable love story set against the high politics of Egypt’s Sixth Dynasty.

While the ravishing courtesan Rhadopis is bathing, a falcon lifts one of her golden sandals and drops it into the lap of the... Read more >
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