storytelling, set in Africa
My desire to have this book written was born out of my faith and beliefs in humanity; I wanted to reach out to others to help them understand Sudan’s place in our global community… I am blessed to have lived to inform you that even when my hours were darkest, I believed that some day I could share my experiences with others. This book is a form of struggle, and it keeps my spirit alive to struggle. To struggle is to strengthen my faith, my hope and my belief in humanity.
As I think about how I will change the syllabus for next fall’s African Politics course, I’d very much like to include a narrative book. What is the What is one option. Others I’ve considered are Half of a Yellow Sun (too long for undergrads, methinks), The Emperor, So Long a Letter, and really, anything by Chinua Achebe that isn’t Things Fall Apart (since more and more students are reading this in high school). When I took African Politics as an undergrad in the previous millennium, I was assigned Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah, which I think Dan Posner still assigns. My preference is to feature an African voice (though Deng isn’t the author of What is the What, I think it still counts), especially after having watched Chimamanda Adichie’s TED talk a few years ago:http://ted.com/talks/view/id/652
Does anyone else have recommendations for narratives set in Africa that would be interesting for undergrads in an African Politics course?