Un papa de sang

Author: Jean Hatzfeld

Language: French

Summary: Rwanda, 2014. Vingt ans après le génocide des Tutsis, l’auteur met en scène la jeune génération, les enfants des victimes et de leurs bourreaux, pour comprendre les nouvelles relations qui se construisent entre les deux communautés, les rapprochements et les fossés. Source: Amazon.fr

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Blackass, a novel

Author: Igoni Barrett

Language: English

Summary: Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, Furo’s ass remains robustly black… Funny, fierce, inventive and daringly provocative – this is a very modern satire, with a sting in the tail. Source: Goodreads

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The hairdresser of Harare: A novel

Author: Tendai Huchu

Language: English

Summary: Vimbai is the best hairdresser in Mrs. Khumalo’s salon, and she is secure in her status until the handsome, smooth-talking Dumisani shows up one day for work. Despite her resistance, the two become friends, and eventually, Vimbai becomes Dumisani’s landlady. He is as charming as he is deft with the scissors, and Vimbai finds that he means more and more to her. Yet, by novel’s end, the pair’s deepening friendship—used or embraced by Dumisani and Vimbai with different futures in mind—collapses in unexpected brutality. Source: Goodreads

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Mad dogs, Englishmen, and the errant anthropologist: Fieldwork in Malaysia

Author: Douglas Rayback

Language: English

Summary: According to Raybeck, the solitary dictum that best characterizes fieldwork is “Things go awry.” In this spirited account of his time spent in Southeast Asia, Raybeck describes several adventures and misadventures involving field research, as well as the understanding, humility and bruises that these experiences leave behind. Since fieldwork is situated, Raybeck’s treatment also includes rich descriptions of Kelantanese society and culture, addressing such topics as kinship, linguistics, gender relations, economics, and political structures. Through the lively pages of this narrative, readers gain insight into the human dimension of the fieldwork undertaking, a sense of how the anthropologist builds rapport in a research setting, and how reliable information is obtained. Source: Amazon.com

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Monique and the mango rains: Two years with a midwife in Mali

Author: Kris Holloway

Language: English

Summary: What is it like to live and work in a remote corner of the world and befriend a courageous midwife who breaks traditional roles? Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Mali Midwife is the inspiring story of Monique Dembele, an accidental midwife who became a legend, and Kris Holloway, the young Peace Corps volunteer who became her closest confidante. In a small village in Mali, West Africa, Monique saved lives and dispensed hope every day in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter and where many children are buried before they cut a tooth. Kris worked side-by-side with her as they cared for each other through sickness and tragedy and shared their innermost secrets and hopes. Source: Amazon.com

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