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Rogelio zieht mit seiner Familie nach Cienfuegos, um den Auftrag auszuführen, den Gott im gab: eine riesige Kathedrale zu bauen, die alles bisher Gesehene übertreffen und Cienfuegos zum kubanischen Jerusalem machen soll. Das Viertel, in dem das Bauwerk entsteht, ist jedoch alles andere als heilig. Marcial Gala, eine der interessantesten Stimmen der neuen kubanischen Literatur, lässt die Menschen zu Wort kommen, die im Schatten des von Tag zu Tag wachsenden Kirchenbaus leben, er zeigt uns Kuba von unten.

Published in 2016 by Éditions Grasset & Fasquelle Gaël Faye’s debut novel titled Petit pays was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens and received the FNAC literary award. Translated into 35 languages it was published as Small Country in English in 2018. Even though the story is not autobiographical it is inspired by the author’s life experiences as Faye fled Burundi with his family when he was 13.

Maya grows up in Germany knowing that her parents are different: from one another, and from the rest of the world. Her reserved, studious father is distant; and her beautiful, volatile mother is a whirlwind, with a penchant for lavish shopping sprees and a mesmerising power for spinning stories of the family's former glory - of what was had, and what was lost.

Mahmood Mattan is a fixture in Cardiff's Tiger Bay, 1952, which bustles with Somali and West Indian sailors, Maltese businessmen and Jewish families. He is a father, chancer, some-time petty thief. He is many things, in fact, but he is not a murderer. So when a shopkeeper is brutally killed and all eyes fall on him, Mahmood isn't too worried. It is true that he has been getting into trouble more often since his Welsh wife Laura left him. But Mahmood is secure in his innocence in a country where, he thinks, justice is served.

In the spirit of We Should All Be Feminists and How to Be an Antiracist, a poignant and sensible guide to questioning the meaning of whiteness and creating an antiracist world from the acclaimed historian and author of Don't Touch My Hair.

An Ordinary Wonder is a story of the courage needed to be yourself.

Bei Africa Writes 2018 stellte Ayesha Harruna Attah in einem gleichermaßen unterhaltsamen und informativen Gespräch mit Marcelle Mateki Akita von AfriKult ihren jüngst erschienenen dritten Roman The Hundred Wells of Salaga (Cassava Pepublic Press, Mai 2018) vor – eine Geschichte über Geschichte, Skaverei, Macht, Begierde, Liebe, Geschlechterrollen und Schuld.

The narrator arrives in Berlin, a place famed for its hedonism, to find peace and maybe love; only to discover that the problems which have long haunted him have arrived there too, and are more present than ever. As he approaches his fortieth birthday, nearing the age where his father was killed in a brutal revolution, he drifts through this endlessly addictive and sometimes mystical city, through its slow days and bottomless nights, wondering whether he will ever escape the damage left by his father’s death.

Everyone needs to love and be loved -- even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving. In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are -- whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

The powerful novel-in-verse from Safia Elhillo, the critically acclaimed poet featured on Forbes Africa’s “30 Under 30” list. This mesmerizing journey of family, identity, and finding yourself in the most unexpected places is filled with lyrical beauty and stunning strength.