A Hill of Fools cleverly brings together a poetic and traditional story-telling style with the daunting challenges that contemporary Africa faces to create a compelling and memorable read that resonates with the complexity and beauty of Africa.
This examination of the extraordinary work which has recently appeared is therefore very timely. Migration is a central theme of much African fiction written in English. Here, Brenda Cooper tracks the journeys undertaken by a new generation of African writers, their protagonists and the solid objects that populate their fiction, to depict the material realities of their multiple worlds and languages. The book explores the uses to which the English language is put in order to understand these worlds. It demonstrates how these writers have contested the dominance of colonising metaphors. The writers’ challenge is to find an English that can effectively express their many lives, languages and identities.
Published to accompany the gallery’s Art Feature presentation at Art 43 Basel, this catalogue shows the work of two contemporary African abstract painters, Odili Donald Odita and Zander Blom, alongside their most significant predecessor, Ernest Mancoba. It includes in-depth interviews with each artist – Mancoba interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Odita by Robert Hobbs, and…
Africa Reimagined is a passionately argued appeal for a rediscovery of our African identity. Going beyond the problems of a single country, Hlumelo Biko calls for a reorientation of values, on a continental scale, to suit the needs and priorities of Africans. Building on the premise that slavery, colonialism, imperialism and apartheid fundamentally unbalanced the values and indeed the very self-concept of Africans, he offers realistic steps to return to a more balanced Afro-centric identity.
Africa Writes Back was published in 2008 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart – the novel which provided the impetus for the foundation of the Heinemann African Writers Series in 1962 with Chinua Achebe as the Editorial Adviser. With the 50th anniversary of the AWS being celebrated in 2012, James Currey’s book has a new resonance. ‘… not only the story of a publishing enterprise of great significance; it is also a large part of the story of African literature and its dissemination in the latter half of the twentieth century. The manuscript is full of the drama of that enterprise, the drama of dealing with the mother house, William Heinemann, of dealing with the often intractable political constraints dominating the intellectual space across Africa, and not least of all dealing with the writers themselves – with their ambitions, their temperaments, their financial needs and, at time, their perception of a colonial relationship between themselves and a European publishing house.’ – Clive Wake, Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages, University of Kent at Canterbury. North America: Ohio U Press; Ghana: Sub-Saharan Publishers; South Africa: Wits U Press; Nigeria: HEBN; Kenya: EAEP; Zimbabwe: Weaver Press
African Textiles is an authoritative survey of textile arts–unique and collectible rugs, tapestries, garments, and much more–from across the continent. John Gillow has traveled extensively throughout Africa, uncovering the dazzling range of traditional, handcrafted, indigenous textiles from each region.
Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, Afropolis is the product of an exhibition developed by the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany. The book focuses on the Big Five of African cities: Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, and brings together positions of artistic and cultural studies, as well as detailed histories and the specific dynamics of these African cities, in order to expand our understanding of the concept of urbanity and the phenomenon of the City from an African perspective.
Superbly illustrated with more than 150 specially commissioned colour photographs, this book beautifully demonstrates the dazzling strengths of Morocco’s crafts – a centuries-long tradition which intermingles influences from both Black Africa and Islam, and from the spectacular cultural alliance of the Moors and the Spaniards.
The third volume in the series dedicated to the international collection of the Fondazione Casa di Risparmio de Modena, Breaking News gathers over 120 works, comprising photographs, videos and installations, from Africa and the Middle East.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, Nelson Mandela’s preferred successor, faces new problems and new choices since he won his own electoral mandate in May 2019. In the next five years, South Africa will be changed radically by the climate crisis, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, economic stagnation and political unrest among some of its southern African neighbours, and the rising African influence of Russia and China while the West is distracted by the insurgent populism of US President Donald Trump and Brexit.
The book follows the colonial practice in Europe, the US and South Africa of collecting human skeletons and cataloguing them into racial types, in the hope that they would provide clues to human evolution. Kuljian sheds light on how, during apartheid, the concept of racial classification mirrored the way in which many scientists thought about race and human evolution. In more recent years, the field has been shaped by a more open and diverse approach, and more women and African scientists are entering the field. Research continues and new information is gathered all the time. Darwin’s Hunch also examines current developments in the search for human origins, and uncovers stories that shed new light on the past.
Diesel and Dust offers visually stimulating images of African countries such as Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Emirate of Al Sharjah, Oman and Yemen offer a multifaceted view of the continent in this recollection that is at once a history, a meditation, a travel memoir, and a tribute.
The Sotho tradition of decorating the outside of their houses with painted and engraved patterns and pebbles set into plaster is fast disappearing. Less well-known than the Ndebele mural art, it is a particularly beautiful form of vernacular architectural decoration. Some examples of this traditional art form are featured here, as well as a number of examples of later Sotho mural art
Tarek Osman’s lively account of Egypt, its recent history, and myriad internal conflicts and frustrations, was published in November 2010 to immediate acclaim. Within months, the Egyptian people had risen in protest against the regime and President Mubarak was forced to resign.
Africa is too large and diverse for generalizations. It has fifty-four nations, five time zones, at least seven climates, more than 800 million people and, according to the latest diligent research, maybe fourteen million proverbs. South Africa and Burkina Faso have as much in common as Spain and Uzbekistan. And yet people do generalize; Africa has become the continent of moral concern.