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Butter, Honig, Schwein, Brot

„‘Anemoia‘ bedeutet Nostalgie für eine Zeit, die man nie erlebt hat.“

Am Ankunftstag ihrer Zwillingschwester Kehinde in Lagos tut Taiye das, was sie am besten kann: sie kocht mit Leidenschaft. Die letzten zehn Jahre der Entfremdung und Einsamkeit sind schwer zu überbrücken. Zu tief sitzt das Gefühl der Schuld für jenes Trauma, das Kehinde als Kind erleiden musste und das sie dazu veranlasst hatte, wegzuziehen und jeden Kontakt abzubrechen. Tayie blickt auf Jahre der Rastlosigkeit und oberflächlichen Affären mit anderen Frauen zurück. Doch Kambirinachi, ihrer Mutter geht es nicht gut. Sie glaubt ein Ogbanje zu sein, ein Geist, der seine Familie ins Unglück stürzt. Sie hat die unnatürliche Entscheidung getroffen, am Leben zu bleiben, um ihre menschliche Familie zu lieben, lebt aber in Angst vor den Folgen ihrer Entscheidung. Jetzt müssen sich die drei Frauen einander stellen, sich mit den Wunden der Vergangenheit auseinandersetzen, wenn sie sich versöhnen und vorwärtskommen wollen.

Butter Honig Schwein Brot erzählt die bewegende Geschichte dreier nigerianischer Frauen, Kambirinachi und ihrer Zwillingstöchter, Kehinde und Taiye. über drei Kontinente hinweg. Francesca Ekwuyasi ist mit ihrem Debütroman ein feinfühliges Familienporträt gelungen: über Entscheidungen und deren Folgen, Mutterschaft, über formbare Grenzen zwischen Geist und Verstand, und über die Suche nach einem neuen Zuhause und die Liebe.

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Die wahre Geschichte von Ahmed & Zarga

Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Der weise, treue Ahmed macht sich auf die Suche nach seinem verschwundenen Kamel Zarga. Die Reise beginnt ganz harmlos, doch Slahis weitreichende Vorstellungskraft verwandelt sie in eine epische Reise durch geografisches und spirituelles Terrain. Dieser unvergessliche Roman ist zugleich mitfühlend und voller Weisheit, und er zeigt auch Slahis scharfsinnigen, respektlosen Witz. Ahmeds Geschichte hat mich in ihren Bann gezogen. Sie ist eine großzügige Erinnerung an das Gute und die Liebe, die es in der Welt immer noch gibt, ungeachtet der dunklen Mächte an den Rändern.

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Bevor wir sterben, tanzen wir

Fred Khumalo

Ein meisterhaft geschriebener, monumentaler Beitrag zur Erzählung und Würdigung der Geschichte der afrikanischen Mehrheit in Südafrika.

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Could This Be Love?

Stefanie Hirsbrunner (Hrsg.)

"Your love looks like your oppressor, enjoys the privileges of your oppressor. If safe space is where you believe you are free from emotional harm, your white love looks like unsafe space. And dating white feels like betrayal."

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Die Erste Frau

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Ein scharfsinniger und vielschichtiger Roman über die Suche der Teenagerin Kirabo nach ihrer Mutter, der witzig und klug Kirabos Coming-of-Age mit der Geschichte Ugandas verbindet.

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Zerstreuung

Lauri Kubuitsile

Wie Gewalt, erlittene und ausgeübte, die Seelen zerklüftet und die Liebe zweier Liebender auf immer versehrt: Lauri Kubuitsile zeigt den Genozid an den Herero auf eine erschütternd intime Weise.

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Blackass

A. Igoni Barrett

Nach diesem Buch hat man das Gefühl, schonmal in Lagos gewesen zu sein. Man hat die Stadt gerochen, geschmeckt, gefühlt und gefürchtet.

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Authors

© Jörg Gruber

Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Mohamedou Ould Slahi Houbeini (Arabic: محمدو ولد الصلاحي) was born in 1970 in Rosso, Mauritania, as the son of a camel herder. At the age of 18, he moved to Germany on a scholarship to study Electrical Engineering. He travelled to Afghanistan for training in an Al-Qaida camp, but disavowed the organisation two months later and states not to have any ties ever since. In the wake of 11 September, he has been interrogated and accused time and again. In 2001 he was kidnapped by the US secret service. During his 15 years of incarceration in Guantánamo Bay detention center, without ever being charged, he was tortured and mistreated. Nowadays, US authorities have ruled out his involvement in any terrorist attacks. Proof to the contrary has never been found.

While imprisoned, Slahi Houbeini wrote a total of four books, which have in part been confiscated. His memoir, originally published as Guantánamo Diary (Canongate, 2015) became an international bestseller and has been adapted for the screen as The Mauritanian (2021) with Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster in leading roles. The movie is bewildering, but simultaneously a testament to the resilience of a man confined under the most atrocious conditions, who has nonetheless remained in high spirits.

Slahi Houbeini’s debut novel The Actual True Story of Ahmed and Zarga (Ohio University Press, 2021) will be translated into German and published by InterKontinental Verlag this August. This timeless novel is a poetic and subtle account of a Bedouin family’s fight for survival in the face of a changing world, and addresses questions of global responsibility.

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© Femke van Zeijl

A. Igoni Barrett

Lagos

A. Igoni Barrett was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1979 and lives in Lagos. He is a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. His short story collection, Love is Power, or Something Like That, was published in 2013. In 2014 he was named on the Africa39 list of sub-Saharan African writers under 40. Blackass is his first novel.

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© Jörg Kandziora

Fred Khumalo

Johannesburg
Portrait of Lauri Kubuitsile in black and white

Lauri Kubuitsile

Mahalapye

Lauri Kubuitsile is a novelist and author of more than 30 books. She has been awarded several awards such as The Golden Baobab Prize for African children’s writing, the winner of the Botswana Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture’s Botswerere Prize for Creative Writing, and was a finalist for the 2011 Caine Prize. Her books are prescribed reading in schools in Botswana and South Africa.

Her historical novel, The Scattering (Penguin 2016), won Best International Fiction Book 2017 at the Sharjah International Book and was recommended by the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (UK) 2017. The North American rights have been bought by Waveland Press (USA). Her second historical novel But Deliver Us from Evil was published by Penguin in May 2019. It was long-listed for the 2020 NOMMO award. In May 2020, her legal thriller/romance, Revelations, was published by Love Africa Press.

She lives happily in a village in Botswana with her daughter, grandson, three dogs and two cats.

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Portrait of Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in black and white © Ben Torkington

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Manchester

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer. She has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu (Oneworld, 2018), won the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. She was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for 'Let's Tell This Story Properly', which featured in her first collection, Manchester Happened (Oneworld, 2019). She was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018. In 2020, she was selected as one of 100 Most Influential Africans of 2020 by New African magazine. Her second novel The First Woman (Oneworld, 2020) was selected as book of the year by the Sunday Times, Observer, Daily Mail, BBC Culture and the Irish Independent and awarded the Jhalak Prize 2021. She lives in Manchester, and lectures in Creative Writing at various universities in the UK .

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About us

InterKontinental is a Berlin-based independent publisher, focussing on African and Afro-diasporic literature. The publishing house complements the same-named bookstore, opened in 2018 in Berlin-Friedrichshain, and the association for promoting African and Afro-diasporic literature. Our publishing program includes the German translation of those authors who are already widely celebrated by critics and readers alike internationally.

Bookstore

InterKontinental is the first bookstore specializing in African and Afro-diasporic literature in Germany. Since 2018, we have been offering the latest selection of fiction (German, English and French), non-fiction on politics and culture, children's and young people's books as well as classics of world literature in the middle of the lively neighborhood on Sonntagstrasse in Berlin-Friedrichshain.

In 2021 we were awarded the German Bookstore Award

African Book Festival Berlin

Once a year InterKontinental e.V. organizes the African Book Festival in Berlin, which brings together the most famous African and Afro-diasporic authors and artists and celebrates the many voices of the African literary scene in Berlin. All projects of the association are designed in terms of content from the African side, which is why the festival curator and thus the content focus changes every year

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