• Poetry,  Postcolonial

    Poem: A Far Cry from Africa by Derek Walcott

    Just recently I did a series on postcolonialism and did not include a wonderful author I did not know yet: Derek Walcott. He is a West Indian with mixed ancestry: two of his grandparents were black and two were white. Being superficial, the result could not be better: he got both blue eyes and dark skin. But, leaving superficial comments besides, his mixed ancestry has also influenced his work as an artist (a decision he took being a kid). However, reading one of his poems, I also found he is very influenced by the sea and the fluidity. This last concept of fluidity is very important in postcolonial theory: we…

  • Postcolonial

    Postcolonialism and Literature – Reading the others. Suggested readings

    This is my last post on postcolonialism for the moment, so here you have the long-awaited and promised list of suggested works. Click on the titles to buy the books at Book Depository. UPDATE: I will update this list with works I get to read in my courses. POETRY Ten by Bernardine Evaristo The Next Poems by Mutabaruka Postcolonial Poetry in English NARRATIVE How to read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu (US migration) Small Island by Andrea Levy (Jamaica)     REVIEW The Long Song by Andrea Levy (Jamaica) The Help by Kathryn Stockett (US racism)  REVIEW The Constant Gardener by John LeCarré (Kenya) Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe REVIEW…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction,  Postcolonial

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    Things Fall Apart is a novel by the African writer Chinua Achebe and it is a compulsory reading for my Posctolonial Literature course. Okonkwo lives in his village under the memory of his father, a lazy and disrespected man who despite his good intentions with his neighbours, proved he wasn’t capable of taking care of his own family. So, Okonkwo decides to live with just one idea in his mind: to live his life as differently to his fathers’ as possible.  This universal idea will bring him many troubles since he will be trapped between how he wants to be seen and what he really feels.  From this point on,…