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Panashe Chigumadzi’s Harare Novel is Feminist in Every Way

There seems to be no end to all the good fiction being written about Zimbabwe—Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, Gappah’s The Book of Memory, Huchu’s The Hairdresser of Harare and recently The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician. Sweet Medicine, Panashe Chigumadzi’s debut novel is the latest in a growing body of fictional works that represent […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: How Do I Stop Hating on My Successful (African Writer) Friend

Dear Ms. Paper: One of writer friends just made the long list of a prestigious literary prize. We both live in Lagos and have been friends for years now. When she told me about the longlist, I tried to sound excited. I even posted congratulatory messages on social media. But, if I have to be honest to myself, […]

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Life and love interrupted | Review of Saah Millimono’s Boy Interrupted | by Ikhide Ikheloa

For several decades, the issue of wars, child soldiers and other gory dysfunctions became such a staple of African literature that the pejorative poverty porn was born. There are occasional hiccups, but African literature seems to have survived the stereotyping and seems to be coming of its own; indeed African literature is enjoying a renaissance […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 1

It’s been such a hectic week. I can’t wait to have a relaxing weekend. I have family visiting from out of town, so I’m envisioning delicious dinners and great conversations. Wishing you all a lovely weekend! Meanwhile, to keep things fun here at Brittle Paper, here are pictures of African novels sourced from Instagram. Enjoy! […]

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My African Book Diary | The Unlovable Serial Killer

I made the mistake of reading Broken Monsters while my husband was away for a few days playing out-of-town shows. Bad idea. Broken Monsters is a disturbing and scary piece of work. I couldn’t go back to sleep not because I feared that a ghost would pop out of the shadows. I just couldn’t get the picture […]

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The Very Tricky Problem of Deflowering an African Novel Virgin

If we begin counting from late 19th century when novels written in African languages were being published in South Africa, we could say African novels have been in existence for over a hundred years. That’s a lot of novels! So what do you do when someone who has never read an African novel asks you to make […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: I Want to Kill My (Tribalist) Editor!

Dear Ms. Paper:  My editor hates me. And I can tell it’s because she harbors intense hatred for my ethnic group. It’s obvious in the way she enjoys pointing out spelling mistakes for no other reason than to shame me. In my last email, I called her out for daring to accuse me of writing in cliché’s and […]

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A Brilliant Burst of Fire | Review of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen| by Onyeka Nwelue 

Pub. Date: April 15, 2015. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company. 304 pp. Preorder HERE. When asked at what point in his life he knew he’d become a storyteller, Chigozie Obioma tells the story about his father giving him a copy of Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard.  This eclectic introduction to storytelling may have prepared Obioma to […]

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Semicolon | Azeeza Adeowu | Fiction

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  Whenever I see a semicolon while reading a book, I remember Hadiza. I remember her eyes and her mind, […]

Three Studies | Yannick Marshall | Poetry

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  Study 1: Cheek Dune. Collapse of silt into moonlessness. Caravan of silt and silt-covered men you turn your face. […]

Remembering K Sello Duiker, Great Writer of South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Generation, Who Would Have Been 45 This Month

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Kabello “Sello” Duiker, novelist, screenwriter, and one of South Africa’s most exciting creative voices, had a brief but widely impactful […]

Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 2: Omotara James & K. Eltinaé

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In 2018, Brittle Paper introduced a Brunel Prize Poems Review series, starting with poems on that year’s shortlist. The series […]

Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s Dinaane Debut Fiction Award-winning Novel, The Mourning Bird, Is an Empowering Portrait of Modern Zambia | Read an Excerpt

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The Zambian writer Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s novel The Mourning Bird recently received the 2019 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. In addition to […]

Who Killed Kabila II | Chimurenga’s April 2019 The Chronic Issue Uses Creative Imagination & Congolese Music to Subversively Tell a Single Story of Power & Geopolitics

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Chimurenga has released its April 2019 issue of The Chronic. Themed “Who Killed Kabila II,” the issue is built around […]

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