Happy experiences lay ahead, fellow audacious readers! Yesterday Kinna announced the kick-off of the much-anticipated Africa Reading Challenge.

The simple rule is that all participants must read at least five books. My plan is to focus on Portuguese-speaking countries, and since there’s five of them, I’ll read a book from each. I’ve read loads of Brazilian authors, but Lusophone Africa is still a shameless desert in my literary landscape.

I’ve  compiled a draft list to share with you, but I’m aware it’ll all depend very much on the books’ availability. Kinna already warned participants that classic African literature in particular can be hard to find. Let me know if you have any other recommendations.

Here’s the plan – all links go to sites in English:

Angola

First choice

  • Lueji (O Nascimento de um Império) by Pepetela

Other possibilities

Cape Verde

First choice

Other possibilities

Guinea-Bissau

First choice

  • As Orações de Mansat by Abdulai Silá (play inspired by Macbeth)

Other possibilities

  • Mistida by Abdulai Silá
  • Corte Geral by Carlos Lopes
  • Tiara by Filomena Embaló

Mozambique

First choice

Other possibilities

São Tomé and Príncipe

First choice

Other possibility

  • Versos by Caetano da Costa Alegre (poetry)
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