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The sound of one bracelet jingling

June 23, 2013


A single bracelet does not jingle – Congolese proverb Strictly (alphabetically) speaking this week should have been a review of a book from Comoros.  Unfortunately, the book I’ve chosen, Salim Hatubou’s Hamouro, hasn’t yet arrived. However, you’re in for a treat and a break from me (synonymous?), as the review below, from Congo (Democratic Republic […]

Well told by starlight

June 16, 2013


When the moon is not full, the stars shine more brightly – Chadian proverb Joseph Brahim Seid’s Told by Starlight in Chad is a slight book of short stories – most very short indeed.  I don’t know whether (and I appreciate it would be oxymoronic anyway) there is a rhetorical device of extended aphorism, but […]

Apostle for all Africa

June 9, 2013


A house cannot be repaired when the owner is destroying it. Central African Republic proverb I came to Andrée Blouin’s autobiography My Country, Africa with a closed heart.  The book itself was intimidating, a heavy, library hardback with ‘worthy’ written all over it (not literally you understand. Literally, only the title and author’s name are […]