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Literature

From corrupt detectives to questions of morality, the appetite for crime fiction is only growing across Africa – but these page-turners can do more than just entertain.
In 1969, Taban lo Liyong declared Uganda "a literary desert". In 2013, Oscar Ranzo and a growing number of Ugandan authors would beg to differ.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s new memoir charts his life as a young man facing, and personally resolving, the contradictions he finds in being part of a colonial African elite.
The Nigerian writer and poet discusses the challenges facing the arts and political expression in Nigeria, and the country's growing desensitisation to tragedy.
In his book about the Biafran war, Achebe veers towards partisan politics rather than a personal memoir or balanced retelling of the history.
Yejide Kilanko, whose debut novel explores the persistence of status quo in Nigeria's patriarchal society, talks to Think Africa Press.
Full of revealing conversations with locals, Ben Rawlence's thoughtful and absorbing new book offers an alternative picture of the DRC.
Despite Kenyan Writer Binyavanga Wainaina’s successes and the publication of his first book, he is still uncomfortable and struggles to find his voice.
This year’s Caine Prize highlights the need to question the notion of ‘African writing’ if stereotypes of the continent are to be challenged.

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