Geoff Wisner

Geoff Wisner is the author of A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books That Capture the Spirit of Africa and editor of African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies. His third book will be Thoreau’s Wildflowers (Yale University Press, 2016). His website is and he tweets at @geoffwisner, @africanlives, @thoreausflowers, @strongscivilwar, and @strongsnewyork.

Geoff Wisner's articles

This novel is smoking

Sebald and the Old Masters

Messages from Mexico

The Neighborhood Gangster

First day at military school

The Marco Polo of Morocco

Günter does India

Fragments of Sappho

The Romance of Diva

A Congolese creation myth

War and politics in Angola

Chekhov’s mongoose

The Scorpion by Albert Memmi

The Rising of the Ashes

For Bread Alone

God’s Bits of Wood

A poem from Madagascar

Algerian White

Smara: The Forbidden City

Translate This Book!

Dispatches: Under the Volcano

Three Kilos of Coffee

Brown Turtle Press

Chain of Voices

Dispatches: African Memoirs

Dispatches: Camus in Oran

Tayeb Salih 1929–2009