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  • Leopard Watchby JK Bannavti

    Langaa RPCIG 2011; US$ 18.05

    In beautifully constructed verse, JK Bannavti's Leopard Watch tells the story of a Fon who out of greed and veiled impiety devastates the land over which he rules. The Fon, The King of Bamkov is in a perpetual state of slumber while an illusive beast drives terror into the heart of the kingdom, killing children as well as cattle. Neither the cries... more...

  • Madman at Kilifiby Clifton Gachagua

    UNP - Nebraska Paperback 2014; US$ 14.95

    Clifton Gachagua?s collection Madman at Kilifi , winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, concerns itself with the immediacy of cultures in flux, cybercommunication and the language of consumerism, polyglot politics and intrigue, sexual ambivalence and studied whimsy, and the mind of a sensitive, intelligent, and curious poet who... more...

  • The Missing Faceby Osonye Tess Onwueme

    African Heritage Press 2008; US$ 19.95

    "'The Missing Face' is Beholding...In this meticulously paced play, Ida...a true optimist about love, family and her culture, takes a great leap in rearing her son, Amaechi...until she decides to leave the masculine formation of her young man-child to his father, who is domiciled in Africa...'The Missing Face' offers a rich illustration... more...

  • Nadine Gordimer (Routledge Revivals)by Judie Newman

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 49.95

    International in her appeal, Nadine Gordimer is an original and accomplished novelist whose works have found literary and popular recognition. In this critical study, first published in 1988 and the first by a woman, Judie Newman discusses Gordimer?s novels, including A Sport of Nature . Gordimer?s writing is both political committed and formally... more...

  • The Obasinjom Warriorby Emmanuel Fru Doh

    Langaa RPCIG 2014; US$ 26.95

    On March 8, 2007, one of Cameroonís foremost scholars died in a ghastly traffic accident barely hours after launching his most forthright and acerbic collection of poems: Disgrace: Autobiographical Narcissus. Dr. Bate Besong was a social activist, a critic, troubadour, and playwright; an avant-garde, steeped in the tradition of the absurd, who... more...

  • Picasso, I Want My Face Backby Grace Nichols

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    Art, landscape and memory are interwoven strands in the fabric of Grace Nichols' latest collection, Picasso, I Want My Face Back. The book opens with a long poem in the voice of Dora Maar, who, as Picasso's muse and mistress, was the inspiration for his iconic painting, The Weeping Woman. The poem's parts are almost interlocking reflections that echo... more...

  • The Promise of Hopeby Kofi Awoonor; Kofi Anyidoho; Kwame Dawes

    UNP - Nebraska Paperback 2014; US$ 19.95

    Kofi Awoonor, one of Ghana?s most accomplished poets, had for almost half a century committed himself to teaching, political engagement, and the literary arts. The one constant that guided and shaped his many occupations and roles in life was poetry. The Promise of Hope is a beautifully edited collection of some of Awoonor?s most arresting work... more...

  • Riot in Heavenby Osonye Tess Onwueme

    African Heritage Press 2008; US$ 19.95

    "The relegated man and woman of colour have been struggling to enter heaven, but they remain trapped as Sojourner Nkrumah's (the black woman's) ""Freedom Train"" is stalled at the crossroads of hell, heaven, and earth. Two heroes of the West, now determined to keep out unwelcome guests and terrorists from heaven, pose... more...

  • The Rising Sun and Bomaby Kenneth Usongo

    Langaa RPCIG 2014; US$ 18.00

    The Rising Sun and Boma interrogate social evils such as moral decadence, corruption, and greed that are rife in the Cameroonian society. In both plays, Ipah, Paddy, Dinna, and Boma, for example, exemplify how waywardness and avarice can subvert moral integrity. At the same time, the plays problematise the intersection of tradition and modernity, articulating... more...

  • The Sacred Door and Other Storiesby Makuchi; Isidore Okpewho

    Ohio University Press 2007; US$ 13.99

    The Sacred Door and Other Stories: Cameroon Folktales of the Beba offers readers a selection of folktales infused with riddles, proverbs, songs, myths, and legends, using various narrative techniques that capture the vibrancy of Beba oral traditions. Makuchi retells the stories that she heard at home when she was growing up in her native Cameroon.... more...