Casa África has created a publishing line to showcase the knowledge of thinkers, writers and theoreticians either from Africa or specialising in Africa, with a view to supporting study and research on matters that concern the continent’s potentials and development from a standpoint outside the stereotypes traditionally assigned to the African reality.

The aim of the Casa África Literature Collection, in collaboration with ElCobre Ediciones, is to translate into Spanish the most outstanding works of African literature, by both well-known and new authors. It counts the following titles:

 
El_Antipueblo

El Antipueblo (The Antipeople)

Sony Labou Tansi
El antipueblo
(The Antipeople) is an unmerciful and frightening novel, a ferocious political-social satire that tells the story of Dadú--ideal husband and father, honest public official, assistant director of the Kimshasha Teaching School, a model citizen of Zaire--who is tested by the charming Yavelde, one of his young students. How can he resist the temptation, in Kinshasha or anywhere else?
This is how an extraordinary and frightening adventure begins for Dadá, one that will take him to the jails of his country, and from there, in an inevitable crescendo, to the counter-revolutionary guerrilla of the bordering State where he is given the assignment of murdering the Prime Minister, the "antipeople" power.

 
El_Antipueblo

El Antipueblo (The Antipeople)

Sony Labou Tansi
El antipueblo
(The Antipeople) is an unmerciful and frightening novel, a ferocious political-social satire that tells the story of Dadú--ideal husband and father, honest public official, assistant director of the Kimshasha Teaching School, a model citizen of Zaire--who is tested by the charming Yavelde, one of his young students. How can he resist the temptation, in Kinshasha or anywhere else?
This is how an extraordinary and frightening adventure begins for Dadá, one that will take him to the jails of his country, and from there, in an inevitable crescendo, to the counter-revolutionary guerrilla of the bordering State where he is given the assignment of murdering the Prime Minister, the "antipeople" power.

 
El_Antipueblo

El Antipueblo (The Antipeople)

Sony Labou Tansi
El antipueblo
(The Antipeople) is an unmerciful and frightening novel, a ferocious political-social satire that tells the story of Dadú--ideal husband and father, honest public official, assistant director of the Kimshasha Teaching School, a model citizen of Zaire--who is tested by the charming Yavelde, one of his young students. How can he resist the temptation, in Kinshasha or anywhere else?
This is how an extraordinary and frightening adventure begins for Dadá, one that will take him to the jails of his country, and from there, in an inevitable crescendo, to the counter-revolutionary guerrilla of the bordering State where he is given the assignment of murdering the Prime Minister, the "antipeople" power.

 
Kuti, Memoria de Sangre

Kuti, Memoria de Sangre (Kuty, Blood Memory)

Aïda Mady Diallo
Gao, Mali, March 6, 1984. The town is attacked by a gang of Tuareg looters. Kuty, a 10 year old girl, watches as her family is massacred by four men who throw them against a wall and cut her father´s throat while he witnesses the rape of his wife, Kuty´s mother, who takes her own life shortly thereafter by setting herself on fire. Kuty, memoria de sangre (Kuty, Blood Memory) is the story of this girl´s long revenge. It is also a part of Africa´s history, which watched for many years how the black population was captured and sold as slaves by the desert men. Above all, it is the first novel written by a young African woman who conveys to us, through her emotions, the story of an entire generation that fought for freedom.

 
Kuti, Memoria de Sangre

Kuti, Memoria de Sangre (Kuty, Blood Memory)

Aïda Mady Diallo
Gao, Mali, March 6, 1984. The town is attacked by a gang of Tuareg looters. Kuty, a 10 year old girl, watches as her family is massacred by four men who throw them against a wall and cut her father´s throat while he witnesses the rape of his wife, Kuty´s mother, who takes her own life shortly thereafter by setting herself on fire. Kuty, memoria de sangre (Kuty, Blood Memory) is the story of this girl´s long revenge. It is also a part of Africa´s history, which watched for many years how the black population was captured and sold as slaves by the desert men. Above all, it is the first novel written by a young African woman who conveys to us, through her emotions, the story of an entire generation that fought for freedom.

 
El otro pie de la sirena

El otro pie de la sirena [The Siren’s Other Foot]

Mia Couto
Mia Couto (1955) is the most internationally well known Mozambican author. This is his most recent novel, in which two plotlines alternate and also include smaller stories that intertwine like a group of African (or Chinese) carved wooden boxes that contain ever smaller ones. In all his fictional work Mia Couto plays with language and creates neologisms, alters syntax and makes use of oral tradition and proverbs. He speaks of Mozambique, Africa, identity, memory and collective amnesia.

 
Trilogía de Z Town

Trilogía de Z Town [Z Town Trilogy]

Achmat Dangot
South Africa is perhaps the African country with the most consolidated literary tradition. The voices of its two Nobel prize winners (Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee) have reached the entire world. But the literature of this country is much richer: Blacks, Mixed-Race, Asians and Whites are part of very diverse literary movements. Standing out among them, due to his genial style and personal commitment, is Achmat Dangor (South Africa, 1948), president of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Z Town Trilogy is a great novel about apartheid. In this work, Achmat Dangor recreates the life of a Black ghetto subject to the tyrannical authority of an administrator capable of anything.

 
Historia de la Literatura Negroafricana

Historia de la Literatura Negroafricana

Lilyan Kesteloot
First translation into Spanish of this reference work by Lylian Kesteloot, one of the top experts on this subject. This book covers the history of African written contemporary literature, which was born in the 1930s with the creation of the Negritud movement (Senghor in Senegal, Césaire in Martinique, Damas in Guayana), as well as the study of its precursors, among them the Black American literature of the Harlem renaissance poets in the 1920s.

 
Amkullel, el niño Fulbé

Amkullel, el niño Fulbé [Amkullel, the Fulbé Boy]

Ahmadou Hampaté Bá
"In Africa, when an old person dies, a library burns, a whole library disappears, without the flames having to consume the paper”. Perhaps this is the most well known quotation from the ethnologist Amadou Hampaté Ba (Mali, 1900 or 1901), who worked to preserve and transmit African culture. His written archives are the result of half a century investigating oral traditions. Amkullel, the Fulbé Boy was published after his death and contains his memoirs.

 
El fuego de los orígenes

El fuego de los orígenes (The Fire of Origins)

Emmanuel Dongala
The contrasts of El fuego de los orígenes (The Fire of Origins) make this work a complete fresco of Africa´s colonisation and independence. Mandala Mankuku, "who brings down those that are powerful," faces the dilemma of preserving tradition or blindingly submitting to it. Through the passionate narration of his life, the great questions that have always affected man are considered: Is progress a way of fleeing in a forward direction?  Is man able to survive the agony of emptiness?  Is a society that does not accept differences considered to be fair?  Is love stronger than laws? With a rich and colourful language, this marvellous novel entraps us with its new light.

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