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Sulwe kam mitternachtsfarben zur Welt. Sie ist dunkler als alle in ihrer Familie. Sie ist dunkler als alle in ihrer Schule - und versucht alles, um anders auszusehen. Doch dann begibt sie sich auf eine magische Reise mit den beiden Schwestern Tag und Nacht und lernt, ihre Schönheit zu schätzen. Basierend auf ihrer persönlichen Geschichte hat die oscarprämierte Autorin Lupita Nyong'o eine neue Heldin für Kinder wie Sulwe geschaffen, die zeigt, wie wertvoll Selbstakzeptanz ist. Dabei kritisiert sie kindgerecht und liebevoll Colorism. ***

Published by Indigo Press in 2018, Silence is my mother Tongue is Sulaiman Addonia's second novel. Even though the book is not autobiographical, it is possible to make references to Addonia's life experiences: Having fled Eritrea as a child after the Om Hajar massacre in 1976, he spent his early years in a refugee camp in Sudan. A refugee camp in East Africa is also the setting of the novel, whose main character is the young girl Saba, who had to flee with her family abandoning her education and books in this desperate situation.

Tsitsi Dangarembga gilt als eine der radikalsten weiblichen Stimmen des afrikanischen Kontinents. 'Aufbrechen' schildert den zähen Kampf des Mädchens Tambu um höhere Bildung und wie sie allmählich dem Stammes- und Dorfleben entschlüpft. Aber alles hat seinen Preis. Dieser Roman ist das ausgezeichnete Porträt einer Gesellschaft, die von Kolonialismus und Patriarchat dominiert wird und deren jüngere Generation von Frauen um Selbstbestimmung kämpft. 2018 wurde der Roman in die BBC-Liste der '100 Bücher, die die Welt geprägt haben' aufgenommen.

Auf der Suche nach afropäischer Kultur, nimmt Johny Pitts uns mit auf eine Reise in die Metropolen Europas. In Paris folgt er den Spuren James Baldwins, in Berlin trifft er ghanaische Rastafari, in Moskau besucht er die einstige Patrice-Lumumba-Universität.

In this daring novel, the author gives a startling account of the inner workings of contemporary South African urban culture. In doing so, he ventures into unexplored areas and takes local writing in English to places it hasn't been before. The Quiet Violence of Dreams is set in Cape Town's cosmopolitan neighbourhoods - Observatory, Mowbray and Sea Point - where subcultures thrive and alternative lifestyles are tolerated. The plot revolves around Tshepo, a student at Rhodes, who gets confined to a Cape Town mental institution after an episode of 'cannabis-induced psychosis'.

The Broken River Tent is a novel that marries imagination with history. It is about the life and times of Maqoma, the Xhosa chief who was at the forefront of fighting British colonialism in the Eastern Cape during the nineteenth century. The story is told through the eyes of a young South African, Phila, who suffers from what he calls triple ‘N’ condition—neurasthenia, narcolepsy and cultural ne plus ultra. This makes him feel far removed from events happening around him but gives him access to the analeptic memory of his people.

Karabo, a light-skinned girl living in Mthatha, grew up with the hurtful cry of ‘yellowbone’ ringing in her ears. She hears her parents argue, not realising that questions surrounding her paternity are the cause. To Karabo, there can be no greater bond than the one between her and ‘Teacher’, as her father is called.

Young Naledi wants to trade her bantu knots for Nonhle Thema’s hair on the Dark and Lovely box. She wishes she looked more like her light-skinned mother too. Ledi grows up in Pimville with her strict grandmother Mama Norah, while her mother, Dineo, is out chasing the blesser lifestyle. Bantu Knots follows Ledi as she navigates the pressures of her circumstances, womanhood and beauty ideals – and pursues her dreams in spite of it all.

"I imagined a dying person’s last breath as something resembling an exclamation mark, distinct and hanging mid-air like an interrupted thought. My older sister Fikile’s last breath before she dies is nothing of the sort. There is no rattling noise at the back of her throat. No relentless twitching. No clinging to life.

Ruru’s father, Phaks, joined the anti-apartheid struggle in exile before she was born but never returned, preferring to stay in Tanzania. Years later, though he has passed away, Ruru goes in search of signs of his life in his adopted country. She finds it in his widow and his ‘pillow books’ – journals he kept, coming to terms with his mortality. Struck by the parallels with her teenage letters to her late mother, she reads to find answers to her questions: Who was he? Why did he not return?