Booker Prize 2021: The Promise by Damon Galgut

estimated reading time: 3 minutes She doesn’t consciously know it but there is a somewhat festive air outside, because yesterday was a public holiday, Youth Day, nineteen years since the Soweto uprising, and today it’s the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, South Africa is playing France later, and the pavements throb and throng with bodies. Never did the middle of town look like this, so many … Continua a leggere Booker Prize 2021: The Promise by Damon Galgut

Booker Prize 2021: Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

estimated reading time: 4 minutes They have created a man – no, a Frankenstein’s monster – and branded it with his name before setting it loose. Standing there, shoulders sagging, in the Law Courts, in Cardiff, in Bilad al-Welsh, he feels the blows of their lies like a man shot with arrows. They are blind to Mahmood Hussein Mattan and all his real manifestations: the … Continua a leggere Booker Prize 2021: Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

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Out of Africa. Is Heart of Darkness to be considered a racist novel?

In 2003, Caryl Phillips meets Chinua Achebe to discuss about “Heart of darkness”, the  novel written by Joseph Conrad. After their meeting, Phillips rewrites the entire conversation and publishes it on The Guardian. In this article, I report the summary of their debate. Just to introduce you to the setting, we are in upstate New York and Caryl Phillips has been driving for two hours … Continua a leggere Out of Africa. Is Heart of Darkness to be considered a racist novel?