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Africa

The second largest and second most populous continent on Earth, Africa covers over 11.7 million square miles of land, or one fifth of all land on the planet. . . . → Read More: Africa

South Africa: “The Conservationist” by Nadine Gordimer

Conservationist

Mehring is not a particularly inviting main character. He stretches the definition of protagonist. While he is certainly the principal character of the story, he is not a hero. . . . → Read More: South Africa: “The Conservationist” by Nadine Gordimer

Nigeria: “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

Analysis by Hana and discussion of “Things Fall Apart” are coming soon… . . . → Read More: Nigeria: “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

Guinea: “The Radiance of the King” by Camara Laye

Radiance of the King

The strong sense of outsidership in “The Radiance of the King” illustrates the clear influence of time spent abroad for author Camara Laye, assuming that Laye is properly credited with authorship. A controversy about whether Laye received extensive help — or even whether Laye was at all involved — in producing the novels attributed to them has received some attention in literary circles. Scholars have analyzed the writing of Laye’s two major books — including “The Radiance of the King” and found distinctly European phrasing and descriptions of parts of Africa and traditions Laye would not have been exposed to in his upbringing. . . . → Read More: Guinea: “The Radiance of the King” by Camara Laye