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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. 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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EditorAuthorBook/Article Titlesort iconAmazon Availability
Abani, ChrisGracelandYes
Abrahams, PeterMine BoyYes
Achebe, ChinuaAnthills of the SavannahYes
Achebe, ChinuaArrow of GodYes
Achebe, ChinuaThings Fall ApartYes
Adeniran, SadeImagine ThisYes
Adichie, Chimamanda NgoziHalf a Yellow SunYes
Adichie, Chimamanda NgoziPurple HibiscusYes
Aidoo, Ama AtaChanges: A Love StoryYes
Alkali, ZaynabThe StillbornYes
Amadi, ElechiThe ConcubineYes
Andreas, NeshaniPurple Violet of OshaantuYes
Armah, Ayi KweiFragmentsYes
Armah, Ayi KweiThe Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet BornYes
Armah, Ayi KweiThe HealersYes
Armah, Ayi KweiTwo Thousand SeasonsYes
Atta, SefiEverything Good Will ComeYes
Awoonor, KofiComes the Voyager at LastYes
Bâ, Amadou HampâtéThe Fortunes of WangrinYes
Ba, MariamaSo Long a LetterYes
Bandele-Thomas, BiyiThe Man Who Came in from the Back of BeyondYes
Beti, MongoMission to KalaYes
Beti, MongoThe Poor Christ of BombaYes
Beyala, CalixtheYour Name Shall Be TangaYes
Bugul, KenThe Abandoned BaobabYes
Cheney-Coker, SlyThe Last Harmattan of Alusine DunbarYes
Chinodya, ShimmerHarvest of ThornsYes
Coetzee, J. M.DisgraceYes
Dangarembga, TsitsiNervous ConditionsYes
Diop, Boubacar BorisMurambi, The Book of BonesYes
Djebar, AssiaFantasia: An Algerian CavalcadeYes
Dongala, EmmanuelLittle Boys Come from the StarsYes
Duiker, K. SelloThe Quiet Violence of DreamsYes
Emecheta, BuchiThe Joys of MotherhoodYes
Emecheta, BuchiThe Slave GirlYes
Fagunwa, Daniel OlorunfemiThe Forest of a Thousand Demons: A Hunter's SagaYes
Farah, NuruddinFrom a Crooked RibYes
Farah, NuruddinMapsYes
Forna, AminattaAncestor StonesYes
Forna, AminattaThe Devil that Danced on The WaterYes
Gordimer, NadineJuly’s PeopleYes
Gurnah, AbdulrazakParadiseYes
Head, BessieA Question of PowerYes
Head, BessieMaruYes
Hove, ChenjeraiBones
Isegawa, MosesAbyssinian ChroniclesYes
Iyayi, FestusViolenceYes
Kane, HamidouAmbiguous AdventureYes
Karodia, FaridaDaughters of TwilightYes
Kibera, LeonardVoices in the DarkYes
King-Aribisala, KarenKicking TonguesYes
Kouruma, AhmadouWaiting for the Vote of the Wild AnimalsYes
La Guma, AlexTime of the ButcherbirdYes
Laing, B. KojoWoman of the AeroplanesYes
Laye, CamaraThe African ChildYes
Lopes, HenriThe Laughing Cry: An African Cock and Bull StoryYes
Maddy, Yulisa AmaduNo Past, No Present, No FutureYes
Magona, SindiweMother to MotherYes
Maraire, J. NozipoZenzele: A Letter for My DaughterYes
Matlwa, KopanoCoconutYes
Mda, ZakesWays of DyingYes
Mengestu, DinawThe Beautiful Things Heaven BearsYes
Mofolo, ThomasChakaYes
Momple, LiliaNeighbours, The Story of a MurderYes
Monénembo, TiernoThe Oldest OrphanYes
Mpe, PhaswaneWelcome to Our HillbrowYes
Mungoshi, CharlesWaiting for the RainYes
Mwangi, MejaThe Cockroach DanceYes
Ngcobo, LaurettaCross of GoldYes
Njau, RebekaRipples in the PoolYes
Nwapa, FloraEfuruYes
Ogola, MargaretThe River and the SourceYes
Ogot, GraceThe Promised LandYes
Okepwho, IsidoreThe Last DutyYes
Okorafor, NnediZahrah the WindseekerYes
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