The Nordic Africa Institute

Fiction

Some 4.000 titles contemporary African fiction, mainly in English, French, Portuguese and some in Swedish. Novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and books for children and young adults.

In our collections

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Lists compiled by us

Selections of fiction titles found in the NAI library collections. Lists in PDF format.

PDFs coming soon.

  • Geographically: Algeria | Botswana | Kenya | Namibia | Nigeria | North Africa | South Africa | Tanzania | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe
  • Thematically: Cartoons | Crime | Juvenile (in Swedish)

Online resources

  • AfricanWriter.comexternal link, opens in new window — "contributions exclusively from/about African writers (and writing) at home and abroad"
  • Badilisha Poetry X-Changeexternal link, opens in new window — "the largest online collective of African poets on the planet"
  • Bakwa Magazineexternal link, opens in new window — "a magazine of cultural criticism"
  • Book Dashexternal link, opens in new window — team-created African stories for children, in local languages, free to download
  • Bookshyexternal link, opens in new window — "contemporary African literature"
  • Brittle paperexternal link, opens in new window — Virtual space/station for reinventing African fiction and literary culture. By Ainehi Edoro, Duke University (USA)
  • Flash Fiction Ghanaexternal link, opens in new window — "the best flash fiction from Ghana"
  • ImageNationsexternal link, opens in new window — "promoting African Literature"
  • InZync poetry sessionsexternal link, opens in new window — part of SLiP, the Stellenbosch Literary Project, and its "discursive platforms where creative literary practices can be shared and engaged with"
  • Jaladaexternal link, opens in new window — A pan-African writers' collective publishing literature by African authors in online anthologies
  • Kalahari reviewexternal link, opens in new window — An African-centric magazine interested in material exploring Africa and Africans in unique and avant-garde ways
  • Kinna Readsexternal link, opens in new window — "books, reading and world literature"
  • Klorofylexternal link, opens in new window — An online magazine, with a focus on literary and graphic art, and the lives of young Africans
  • Lawinoexternal link, opens in new window — Lawino is an electronic magazine started by writers, to promote writing from Africa, with particular focus on Uganda
  • Mosaicexternal link, opens in new window — Explores the literary arts by writers of African descent, and features interviews, essays, and book reviews
  • Naija Storiesexternal link, opens in new window — promoting Nigerian fiction
  • The Naked Convosexternal link, opens in new window — blog/community with a fiction section
  • Omenanaexternal link, opens in new window — "speculative fiction from writers across Africa and the African Diaspora"
  • Reading Zimbabweexternal link, opens in new window — digital platform on Zimbabwean literatures (not only fiction)
  • Sarabaexternal link, opens in new window — website and publication representing emerging writers from Nigeria and Africa
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy South Africa (SFFSA)external link, opens in new window — club for sf and fantasy fans, incl. the fanzine Probe
  • Takam Tikouexternal link, opens in new window — Online journal on children´s literature, from National library in France (in French)
  • Word n Soundexternal link, opens in new window — South African spoken word project
  • Words are Workexternal link, opens in new window — literary blog/community

Some titles in these lists are in the NAI library collections, but not all.

NAI publications

Our separate website "100 vägar till Afrika" was taken down March 22, 2018

Instead we refer to the freely downloadable full text version of the book (in Swedish only):

The website from 2003 was based on the book 100 vägar till Afrika. En introduktion till modern afrikansk skönlitteratur written by Barbro Norström Ridæus and published by The Nordic Africa Institute in 1995, and in a revised online edition 2003. Would you like to see what the website looked like, visit Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://nai.uu.se/hundra_vagar/startsida.htmlexternal link, opens in new window

For the Africa-themed Göteborg Book Fair 2010 NAI published the book Africa has the floor, portraying all participating African.

Introductions by Henning Mankell and Véronique Tadjo.