ondjaki | College of Arts


ondjakiOndjaki, chosen by The Guardian in 2012  as one of their "Top Five African Writers,"  is one of  the most widely read younger writers in Africa.  Born in 1977, he is the author of more than twenty books which have been published in more than a dozen languages.  Ondjaki's latest novel, Transparent City, a wrenching, sometimes surreal and always deeply human portrait of his native city of Luanda, Angola, won the coveted José Saramago Prize in Portugal, the Best African Novel Prize in France and a World Literature Prize from the St. Malo Literary Festival. As part of an extensive North American tour, Ondjaki will be visiting The Bookshelf in Guelph, where he will discuss Transparent City with his English translator, Stephen Henighan.

Upcoming TALK:

Writing the African City

A conversation with Angolan novelist Ondjaki about his
multiple-award-winning novel Transparent City

Tuesday October 23, 7:00 p.m

The Bookshelf - 41 quebec Street, Guelph


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