Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Seven of the best African fiction books of 2013

One title from the Guardian's list of the best African fiction of 2013:
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Noviolet Bulawayo was the 2011 Caine prize winner for her story Hitting Budapest, which was published in the Boston Review. Her new novel focuses on Darling, one of a ragtag band of children from the short story. Having realised the collective dream and made it to America she learns that paradise is never quite what is promised. We Need New Names was named on the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist, making her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the prize.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue