Top ten books on African Literature

I was recently invited by Nana Fredua Agyeman of the blog Image Nations to participate in his Reader’s Top ten series.

Basically, I had to choose my ten favorite books. As you can imagine, it was not a small matter.

Choosing my Top ten books on African Literature, out of the hundreds I have read so far, turned out to be much more difficult than I had anticipated. Since I love numbers my first thought was  that I should do this by scientific methods. But then, I decided on a much more easy way. I  stayed in front of my bookshelf (yes I purchase almost all my books ) and list the first ten books that came to my mind. The thinking behind this is quite simple, if I remember a book quickly enough it means it must have been very good. Simple, right?

That is how I came up with my top ten books on African Literature,  which is a mix of new and old, French and English. I love biographies very much, but I  have decided not to include them this time to keep things simpler.

 
Half of a Yellow Sun  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba
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No Longer at Ease (Series) by Chinua Achebe
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Palace Walk (series) by Naguib Mahfouz
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Crossbones (series)   by Nuruddin Farah
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Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou
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Three Strong Women by Marie Ndiaye
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Half Blood Blues By Esi Edugyan
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Daughters who Walk this Path by Yejide Kilanko
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We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo
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Nana asked me to do this post back in september 2013. As I wrote this post today (2 months later), I know i could rework this list.
What’s your top ten books?

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