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Hatred and History – “Disgrace” – J.M. Coetzee

December 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, African, Crime, Fiction, History, Literature, Revenge

Halfway home, Lucy, to his surprise, speaks. ‘It was so personal,’ she says. ‘It was done with such personal hatred. That was what stunned me more than anything. The rest was … expected. But why did they hate me so? I had never set eyes on them.’ He waits for more, but there is no [...]

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Fathers and Daughters – “Disgrace” – J.M. Coetzee

December 13th, 2011 · No Comments · African, Fiction, Literature, Love

But he is a father, that is his fate, and as a father grows older he turns more and more – it cannot be helped – toward his daughter. She becomes his second salvation, the bride of his youth reborn. No wonder, in fairy-stories, queens try to hound their daughters to their death! He sighs, [...]

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He has put a Knife on the Things That Held us Together –  “Things Fall Apart” – Chinua Achebe 

August 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, African, Colonialism, Culture, History, Literature, Prose

The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have [...]

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“Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe

August 28th, 2009 · No Comments · African, History, Literature, Philosophy

Synopsis: A tribal patriarch in pre-colonial Nigeria is forced to confront the changes to his society brought on by the arrival of European settlers. The Anti-“Heart of Darkness”. My Take: “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe’s first novel, is a seminal work in the modern literary cannon. Released in 1958, it was one of the works [...]

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“We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families”, Philip Gourevitch

July 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · African, History, Policy, Politics

Synopsis: Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer for The New Yorker spends two years travelling in Rwanda in 1995-97 and produces an illuminating, if not always objectively rigorous, account of the Rwandan genocide, its causes and its aftermath. My Take: Philip Gourevitch’s account of the collective insanity of late 20th century Rwanda is a moving account. [...]

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"Heart of Darkness", Joseph Conrad

June 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments · African, English, Literature, Philosophy

Synopsis: Freed from the constraints of European morality, a man confronts the underlying nature of humanity. Madness ensures. My Take: For quite a short novella, “The Heart of Darkness” has certainly prompted a lot of meta-discussion. The subject of critical attention as a part of the Western cannon, as a flash point in post-colonial literary [...]

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