The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 and Africa

The Nordic Africa Institute library staff has compiled this web dossier to coincide with the announcement of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

A few African writers have been recognized the past few years as candidates to the prize, and still are. Among them Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Assia Djebar from Algeria and Nuruddin Farah of Somalia. Links to more information about them below.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Web links and selected online articles

Assia Djebar

Web links and selected online articles

Nuruddin Farah

Web links and selected online articles

  • Nuruddin Farah biography and faculty page at European Graduate School with bibliography, lectures, videos quotes, http://www.egs.edu/faculty/nuruddin-farah/biography/.
  • Faculty page at University of Minnesota with links to publications where Nuruddin Farah holds the Winton Chair in Liberal Arts, http://english.umn.edu/faculty/profile.php?UID=nfarahha.
  • Google Books, http://www.google.co.uk/.
  • Interviews Google videos, http://www.google.co.uk/.
  • Nuruddin Farah interviewed at the Göteborg Book Fair 2010, http://afrikaharordet-2010.cmm.creo.se/.
  • Literature in the library

    The Nordic Africa Institute library has a special collection of contemporary African fiction. The collection consists of approximately 3.000 titles that are mainly in English, French, Portuguese and Swedish. All books can be ordered on interlibrary loans within the Nordic countries.

    Use the quick links below to locate titles dealing with topics of interest in the library catalogue, AfricaLit. The lists consist of literature - books and articles - in the form of fiction, non-fiction/factual information and official publications, as well as of other material.

    See our web page on fiction in the Nordic Africa Institute library

    Former Laureates from Africa

    2003 J. M. Coetzee, South Africa
    Find titles on and by J. M. Coetzee in the library collection.
    Read about the author on the official site of the Nobel Price in Literture, http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2003/.

    1991 Nadine Gordimer, South Africa
    Find titles on and by Nadine Gordimer in the library collection.
    Read about the author on the official site of the Nobel Price in Literture, http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1991/index.html.

    Interview with Nadine Gordimer at the Göteborg Book Fair 2010, http://afrikaharordet-2010.cmm.creo.se/fredag/nadine_gordimer

    1988 Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt
    Find titles on and by Naguib Mahfouz in the library collection.
    Read about the author on the official site of the Nobel Price in Literture, http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1988/index.html.

    1986 Wole Soyinka, Nigeria
    Find titles on and by Wole Soyinka in the library collection.
    Read about the author on the official site of the Nobel Price in Literture, http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1986/index.html.

    More web links

    This is a selection of websites dealing with 'Literature in Africa'. Many more items are available online on websites and in discussion forums. More links related to this topic are found in the link collection A Guide to Africa on the Internet.

    African Writing Online
    Online version of a print journal about contemporary African writing published in Britain.
    http://www.african-writing.com

    LITAF - Littérature africaine francophone
    A bibliographical database on francophone literature from Africa south of Sahara. A project affiliated with Centre d'Etude d'Afrique Noire de Bordeaux, France.
    http://www.litaf.cean.org/

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