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The Girl Who Carried a Gun

When we were children, my older cousin Solomon hopped like a rabbit.  After failing the eighth grade, he started selling animal hides from the country, which he would carry himself or load onto a donkey.  He always had candles, too.  Fifteen years later, he was a wealthy merchant with a bald head, a big belly, and a leisurely gait. I wanted to ask him, “Do you have to get old to get rich?”  The rest of us had scraped by since the war started, but Solomon had...

A Roundup of International Literary Series: University Presses

This March, when Indiana University Press publishes Alain Mabanckou’s early novel, Blue White Red (first published in French in 1998), it will be the fourth book by the irrepressible Congolese author to appear in the US and the first by a publisher other than Soft Skull Press. It will be issued as part of Indiana University’s Global African Voices series, which will also publish the groundbreaking 1954 novel Cruel City by Cameroonian Mongo Beti. These two books...

Support the Publication of Geoff Wisner’s \\\“African Lives\\\”

Words without Borders is pleased to announce that writer, editor, and WWB contributor Geoff Wisner's second book, African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies, will be appearing next spring from Lynne Rienner Publishers.   The book will include more than 40 selections from African writers across the continent, including several that Wisner has written about for WWB: Assia Djebar (Algeria), Manu Dibango (Cameroon), Leila...

from Wanderings

In the Country of Sands There are hours apart, very mysteriously privileged moments, when certain lands reveal to us, during sudden intuition, their soul, in some way their own essence, when we develop an accurate and unique vision, and which months of patient study would not be able to complete, nor to modify. However, during these furtive instants, the details necessarily escape us and we are only able to perceive the whole of things. A peculiar state of our soul, or a special aspect...
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