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Exhale is a queer anthology wrapped in the idea of a release, a letting go, breathing out. An orgasm. These are the stories that come out when you play sip or spill, truth or dare, never have I ever and lasts longer than 7 minutes in heaven. With sexual experiences from all over Africa, this anthology introduces some exciting new literary voices…
The first novel by a female author to be published in Cape Verde, and the first to be translated into English, The Madwoman of Serrano is a magical tale of rural ideals and urban ambition, underpinned by an exploration of female empowerment. Serrano is an isolated village where a madwoman roams. But is she really mad or is she marginalised because…
Plantation Memories explores everyday racism. It is a compilation of episodes approaching racism as a psychological reality. Everyday racism, argues Grada Kilomba, is experienced as a violent shock which suddenly places the Black subject in a colonial scene depriving ones link with society. Unexpectedly, the past comes to coincide with the present…
The first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English, La Bastarda is the story of the orphaned teen Okomo, who lives under the watchful eye of her grandmother and dreams of finding her father. Forbidden from seeking him out, she enlists the help of other village outcasts: her gay uncle and a gang of “mysterious” girls…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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. Vital and empowering What White People Can Do Next teaches each of…
An Ordinary Wonder is a story of the courage needed to be yourself. Oto leaves for boarding school with one plan: excel and escape his cruel home. Falling in love with his roommate was certainly not on the agenda, but fear and shame force him to hide his love and true self. Back home, weighed down by the expectations of their wealthy and…

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