Americanah, Broken Glass, Love is Power or Something Like that, Ghana Must Go, Three Strong Women, and Daughters who walk this path. That is the order of our top six West African novelas of 2013. One of which was published in 2010, Broken Glass, but still landed our list for three reasons.
- Because Alain Mabanckou is genius.
- Because the anglophone world needs to read more of his work (He writes in French and is considered one of the most prolific writers in the French language).
- Because it is the most satirical, funniest, and wittiest piece of writing we’ve come across in a long LONG time.
FAVORITE WEST AFRICAN NOVELS of 2013
The above mentioned books are best sellers and quite beautifully written. For your information and motivation to grab a copy, we have reviewed our top three. Note that all these are available on Amazon so feel free to check them out.
Americanah By Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, … (Read the bloody book, it is everything you could possibly imagine and more, it is sexy, thrilling, witty, a juxtaposition of what it means to live in two worlds, explores race and love in an honest and intelligent way)
Broken Glass By Congolese author Alain Mabanckou
This rib-cracking, eye-opening piece of writing centering primarily around the patrons of a run-down bar in Congo, particularly a teacher nicknamed ‘Broken Glass’. In a country that appears to have forgotten the importance of remembering, Broken Glass has been elected to record their stories for posterity. But Broken Glass fails spectacularly at staying out of trouble as one denizen after another wants to rewrite history in an attempt at making sure his portrayal will properly reflect their exciting and dynamic lives. Truth is this novel is extremely enjoyable, beautifully written, a satiric novel on the dangers of artistic integrity and a brilliant insight into the urban-run down, ambiance-filled parts of Congo
Love is Power of Something Like that By Nigerian author Igoni Barrett
A vivid and honest portrait of modern Nigeria through a collection of short stories short story collection offers vibrant tales of modern-day Nigeria. Interesting to see how the subjects of love, family, and politics through these stories beautifully encapsulates truths about urban/modern Naija culture.
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