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Novels The Best Novels about Africa  

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A list of fiction set in African countries, as ranked by readers who know the difference between Ghana and Djibouti. These novels are written by authors from all over the globe, yet they all take place in Africa and provide insight on specific parts of the continent.

To many Americans, Africa is more of an abstract concept than a real place. Rather than book a flight or pick up a textbook, reading fiction about foreign settings can be an effective way to gain knowledge about unfamiliar places. A writer's perspective gives readers a unique look into a foreign land. Reading fiction about African experiences can actually be an excellent way to dive into another part of the world.

The novels that bring this diverse and massive continent to life all use detail and character to immerse readers in new settings, providing a tangible sense of place that goes deeper than any picture of the savannah or the jungle ever could.

So vote up the best novels about Africa, the ones that create a real sense of connection to African locales! And if there's a great novel set in Africa that's not on the list, don't hesitate to add it!
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28 6
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Chinua Achebe

2
18 6
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Joseph Conrad

3
10 2
Half of a Yellow Sun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

4
12 4
Cry, The Beloved Country is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels about Africa

5
13 5
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Barbara Kingsolver

6
7 1
So Long a Letter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Mariama Bâ, Mariama Bâ

7
5 0
The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels about Africa

8
8 4
Tarzan of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Edgar Rice Burroughs

9
5 1
Nervous Conditions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Tsitsi Dangarembga

10
5 3
A Bend in the River is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
V.S. Naipaul

11
4 2
In a Free State is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
V.S. Naipaul

12
3 1
Season of Migration to the Nor... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels about Africa

13
3 1
The Four Feathers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
A.E.W. Mason

14
2 0
A Dry White Season is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
clash1977 added André Brink

15
2 0
Our Lady of the Nile is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MWM added Scholastique Mukasonga

16
2 0
The Concubine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MWM added Elechi Amadi

17
2 0
Palace Walk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MWM added Naguib Mahfouz

18
4 3
The Grass Is Singing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Doris Lessing

19
3 2
Chaka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Thomas Mofolo

20
3 2
The Bride Price is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Buchi Emecheta

21
2 1
Promises in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Stephanie Tyler

22
2 1
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MWM added Alexander McCall Smith

23
2 1
The Sheltering Sky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
clash1977 added Paul Bowles

24
2 1
Paka Mdogo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
H.S. Toshack

25
2 1
White Hunter Black Heart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
clash1977 added