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Mortals

Written by Norman Rush


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73711-7 (0-679-73711-1)

At once a political adventure, a portrait of a passionate but imperiled marriage, and an acrobatic novel of ideas, Mortals marks Norman Rush’s return to the territory he has made his own, the southern African nation of Botswana. Nobody here is entirely what he claims to be. Ray Finch is not... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Whites

Written by Norman Rush


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73816-9 (0-679-73816-9)

Whether they are Americans, Brits, or a stubborn and suicidally moral Dutchman, Norman Rush's whites are not sure why they are in Botswana; their uncertainty makes them do odd things. Funny, sad, and deeply knowing, polished throughout to a diamond glitter, Whites is a magnificent collection of stories.



"Norman Rush is unusually... 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 >
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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 >
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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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Mandela's Way
Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
Written by Richard Stengel
Preface by Nelson Mandela


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype
On Sale: March 30, 2010
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46068-4 (0-307-46068-1)

We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

Now Time magazine editor Rick Stengel... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The In-Between World of Vikram Lall

Written by M.G. Vassanji


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7656-7 (1-4000-7656-0)

Vikram Lall comes of age in 1950s Kenya, at the same time that the colony is struggling towards independence. Against the unsettling backdrop of Mau Mau violence, Vic and his sister Deepa, the grandchildren of an Indian railroad worker, search for their place in a world sharply divided between Kenyans and... Read more >
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The Magic of Saida

Written by M.G. Vassanji


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80261-3 (0-345-80261-6)

From Giller Prize–winner M. G. Vassanji comes the story of Kamal Punja, son of an African mother and an Indian father, who has been living in Canada for forty years. Despite his material wealth, Kamal finds himself longing for the place of his birth—Africa—and of a girl there he once loved... Read more >
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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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I Refuse to Die
My Journey For Freedom
Written by Koigi Wa Wamwere
Foreword by Kerry Kennedy and Nan Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-615-5 (1-58322-615-X)

An extraordinary account of how a laborer’s son rose to challenge the power of despots, I Refuse to Die is both the autobiography of one gifted man who rose above the horrors of colonization, and an uncensored history of modern Kenya. The book is infused with the freedom songs of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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