„Right in the middle of the 2015 Africa Reading Challenge“ Blogging University 2.0

Today’s task in my blogging course is to participate in a blogging event of my choice. As a postgraduate in Comparative Literature I love to explore the huge world of literature. Thus I chose this great challenge by Kinna below in order to get in touch with African authors. For I am a total newbie in this field, I’m going to read the recommended books:

  • Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih (North Africa, Arabic, classic)
  • Maps by Nuruddin Farah (East Africa)
  • Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Southern Africa, contemporary)
  • So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba (West Africa, classic, Francophone)
  • Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (Southern Africa, contemporary, modern fantasy)

The magic twist will be that I’m going to write reviews of the read books – which will be my event (loosely) throughout the year!

Kinna Reads

Welcome to the Africa Reading Challenge.

This will be the third time that I’m hosting the Africa Reading Challenge.  Details and requirements are the same this year as for the 2012 Africa Reading Challenge, which started with: „I have absolutely no reason for hosting nor urging you to participate in this challenge save for the joy of discovering and reading African literature!“ Here are the details:

Challenge Period

January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015

Region

The entire African continent, including its island-states, which are often overlooked. Please refer to this Wikipedia “list of sovereign states and dependent territories in Africa”. Pre-colonial empires and regions are also included.

Reading Goal

5 books.  That’s it.  There will be no other levels.  Of course, participants are encouraged to read more than 5 books.  Eligible books include those which are written by African writers, or take place in Africa, or are…

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