African culture reflects the ancient history of that rich and diverse continent, and the literature produced in the region is just one proof of so much wealth. Contemporary African literature has its roots in the movement called blackness, inspired by anti-colonialist revolts; already the works written after the independence of the African colonies have as a background the reality of totalitarian governments and revolutions.
Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)
Wole Soyinka is an African writer born in Abeokuta, West Nigeria. He won the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, due to the wide cultural perspective present in his work.
His works include “Os interpreters” (1980) and “It's better to leave at dawn” (2008).
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
Chimamanda is an African writer born in Enugu, Nigeria. She is considered one of the most important young English-speaking authors, as she has been attracting readers of African literature.
Her works include “Purple Hibiscus” (2003), “Americanah” (2013) and “We must all be feminists” (2014).
Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)
Gordimer was a South African writer born in Johannesburg. He wrote more than 30 books, most of which contain a chronicle of social deterioration during the apartheid regime in South Africa. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.
Among his main works are “A Arma da Casa”, “The Lying Days”, “The Conservationist” and “Face to Face”.
Artur Carlos Maurício Pestana dos Santos, better known by the pseudonym of Pepetela, is an Angolan writer born in Benguela. The author's work reflects the contemporary history of his country and the problems faced by Angolans.
His works include "Mayombe", "Yaka", "The Generation of Utopia" and "The Glorious Family".
Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt)
Naguib Magfouz was an Egyptian writer born in Cairo. He wrote stories, novels and screenplays, and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. He is considered one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature.
His main works include "Miramar", "The Cairo Trilogy" and "A Taberna do Gato Preto".
J.M. Coetzee (South Africa)
Coetzee is a South African writer born in Cape Town. He received the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, being the fourth African writer to receive the award.
Among his main works are "Dishonor", "The Iron Age", "Waiting for the Barbarians" and "Scenes of a Life".
Paulina Chiziane (Mozambique)
Paulina Chiziane is a writer born in Manjacaze, Mozambique. His literary career began in 1984 with stories published in the Mozambican press.
His main works include "Balada de Amor ao Vento", "O Alegre Canto da Perdiz", "Niketche: A History of Polygamy" and "As Andorinhas".
José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola)
Agualusa is a writer born in Huambo, Angola. Among his main works are “The Vendor of the Past”, “General Theory of Forgetting”, “Um Estranho em Goa” and “ Haunted Fair”.