Buchtipps - Historischer Roman

ETHIOPIA. 1935. With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade.

Eine Hymne auf die Liebe und auf die Freiheit - vom Gewinner des International Booker Prize.

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.

In The Palace of Flowers is an atmospheric historical novel about Jamila, an Abyssinian slave, whose fear of being forgotten, of being irrelevant, sets her and Abimelech, a fellow slave and a eunuch, on a path to find meaning, navigating the dangerous and deadly politics of the royal court. Princewill vividly recreates the court of the Iranian Shah in the 1890s, a precarious time of growing public dissent, foreign interference from the Russians and British, and the problem of an ageing ruler with an unsuitable heir.

Ghana 1892: Die Zwillingsschwestern Hassana und Husseina sind zehn Jahre alt, als ihr Dorf von Sklavenhändlern überfallen und niedergebrannt wird, obwohl Sklaverei bereits verboten ist. Dieses traumatische Ereignis ist jedoch nicht das Ende, sondern der Beginn ihrer Geschichte - eine Geschichte, die sie an fremde Orte und in unbekannte Kulturen führen wird. Die Mädchen werden getrennt und entwickeln sich in Brasilien und an der Goldküste Westafrikas zu ganz unterschiedlichen jungen Frauen.

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.

The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin. Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there's more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero's fate was settled.

Bisher kannte Hiram Walker nichts als ein Leben in Ketten. Aufgewachsen in der Sklaverei, musste er als kleiner Junge miterleben, wie seine Mutter verkauft wurde und für immer verschwand. Doch sie hat ihm eine seltene Gabe vererbt. Als diese ihn vor dem Ertrinken rettet, beschließt er aus der Gefangenschaft zu fliehen.

1963. Kenya is on the verge of independence from British colonial rule. In the Great Rift Valley, Kenyans of all backgrounds come together in the previously white-only establishment of the Jakaranda Hotel. The resident musician is Rajan Salim, who charms visitors with songs inspired by his grandfather’s noble stories of the railway construction that spawned the Kenya they now know.

The first novel to be translated into English from Guinea Bissau, The Ultimate Tragedy is a tale of love and emerging political awareness in an Africa beginning to challenge Portuguese colonial rule.