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The 101 Most Influential Novels Written by Africans

The authors & editors listed below are excellent sources of general information for research on Global American History.

BlackPast.org would like to thank Professor Evan Mwangi of the English Department at Northwestern University for his help in compiling this list. Text sources include Simon Gikandi, ed., The Routledge Encyclopedia of African Literature (London: Routledge, 2009); Max Rodriguez, Angeli R. Rasbury, and Carol Taylor, eds., Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999).

 

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EditorAuthorsort iconBook/Article TitleAmazon Availability
Okri, BenThe Famished RoadYes
Ouologuem, YamboBound to ViolenceYes
Oyeyemi, HelenThe Icarus GirlYes
PepetelaMayombeYes
PepetelaReturn of the Water SpiritYes
PepetelaYakaYes
Plaatje, Solomon TshekishoMhudiYes
Salih, TayebSeason of Migration to the NorthYes
Saro-Wiwa, KenSozaboy: A Novel in Rotten EnglishYes
Sembene, OusmaneGod's Bits of WoodYes
Soce, OusmaneKarim: A Senegalese NovelYes
Soyinka, WoleThe InterpretersYes
Soyinka, WoleSeason of AnomyYes
Tansi, Sony LabouLife and a HalfYes
Tlali, MiriamMuriel at MetropolitanYes
Tutuola, AmosThe Palm-Wine DrinkardYes
U Tam'si, TchicayaThe Madman and the Medusa, Tchicaya U Tam'si, (1982) Yes
Vassanji, M. G. The Gunny SackYes
Vera, YvonneButterfly BurningYes
Vera, YvonneThe Stone VirginsYes
Vera, YvonneUnder the TongueYes
Vera, YvonneWithout a NameYes
Vieira, Jose LuandinoLuuandaYes
wa Thiong'o, NgugiPetals of BloodYes
wa Thiong'o, NgugiWizard of the CrowYes
Worku, DagnachewThe Thirteenth SunYes
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