Nigeria’s young authors are not always ‘heirs’ to their literary forebears

Tiziana Morosetti, University of Oxford Chigozie Obioma’s Man Booker Prize nomination for The Fishermen follows by more than ten years that of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus in 2004. No other Nigerian writer has made it to the prize in between. The similarities between Obioma and Adichie are striking. Both writers were in their 20s …

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Book Review: ‘Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies’ edited by Joseph V. Montville

(This book review appeared originally in the New York City Tribune on Tuesday, March 13, 1990.) BOOKS / RICHARD SINCERE People in Conflict: Ethnic Loyalties Versus The Need to Govern  Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies, edited by Joseph V. Montville, Lexington Books, $58.95, 559 pp. Since World War II, political scientists have asserted that …

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Capsule Review: ‘A Dictionary of Environmental Quotations’

A Dictionary of Environmental Quotations, compiled by Barbara K. Rodes and Rice Odell. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992), 335 pp., $35.00 cloth. One expects that a book from Simon and Schuster’s prestigious Academic Reference Division would make some pretense to comprehensiveness and balance. Not so with this “dictionary,” really a book of quotations that …

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Capsule Review: ‘Development in Practice: Paved with Good Intentions’ by Porter, Allen, & Thompson

This brief book review originally appeared in Volume 1, Number 1 of terra nova (Summer [North] Winter [South] 1991). Development in Practice: Paved with Good Intentions by Doug Porter, Bryant Allen, and Gaye Thompson. (New York: Routledge, Chapman & Hall, April 1991). 247 pages, $75.00 cloth, $25.00 paper. Three Australian researchers looked at a major …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 13 July 2014

The African Garrison State: Human Rights and Political Development in Eritrea, by Kjetil Tronvoll and Daniel R. Mekonnen Release Date: July 17, 2014Publisher: James Currey When Eritrea gained independence in 1991, hopes were high for its transformation. In two decades, however, it became one of the most repressive in the world, effectively a militarised “garrison …

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