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   A Basket of Leaves
99 Books That Capture the Spirit of Africa
by Geoff Wisner
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Categories: New in Paperback | Literary Criticism
Code: 3643 |  ISBN: 978177009206 |  289 pp. |  Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Jacana Press
Format: Paperback
About this book
Geoff Wisner has traversed the vast African continent and produced a book that is the quintessential reader?s guide to the books that capture the spirit of the continent ? from the desert of Algeria to the savannahs of Kenya, and the jungles of Equatorial Guinea. He presents reviews and excerpts from notable books from each of the 54 countries in Africa.

His compilation explores many of the best-known works on Africa, such as Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), All God?s Children Need Travelling Shoes by Maya Angelou (Ghana), The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin (Benin), Age of Iron by JM Coetzee (South Africa), Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey (Rwanda), and When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head (Botswana). He also draws attention to underappreciated books by excellent but lesser-known African and non-African writers.

"Geoff Wisner, who spent many years working for an anti-apartheid organisation, presents a unique literary tour of Africa. Every country is represented by at least one book, and Nigeria, with nine selections, has the most. Not all of the books are by Africans, although the majority are; Wisner?s selection criteria stipulate only that each book should have something revealing to say about each country, and that they should each have literary merit in themselves. Every book gets a lucid pr?cis, followed by a short extract. A Basket of Leaves is an invaluable resource for anyone thinking of visiting Africa, as well as a practical demonstration of the continent?s astonishing diversity."
?London Review Bookshop

Indigo's Comments
We've just received a shipment of Geoff's new book, and are filling orders. This is a special import of the South African edition, which was featured in May by South Africa's leading bookstore chain.

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Struggling to be the change I want to see in the world
Posted: Dec 14, 2007 - 12:00 AM

This a truly wonderful book!


“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
—Mahatma Gandhi