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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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26 6
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Chinua Achebe

2
18 5
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Joseph Conrad

3
12 3
Cry, The Beloved Country is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels about Africa

4
12 4
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Barbara Kingsolver

5
9 2
Half of a Yellow Sun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

7
8 3
Tarzan of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Edgar Rice Burroughs

8
3 0
The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels about Africa

9
4 2
In a Free State is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
V.S. Naipaul

10
3 1
The Four Feathers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
A.E.W. Mason

11
3 1
Season of Migration to the Nor... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels about Africa

12
3 1
Nervous Conditions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Tsitsi Dangarembga

13
2 0
Our Lady of the Nile is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Scholastique Mukasonga

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
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Alexander McCall Smith

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

17
4 3
The Grass Is Singing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Doris Lessing

18
4 3
A Bend in the River is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
V.S. Naipaul

19
3 2
The Bride Price is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Buchi Emecheta

20
3 2
Chaka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Thomas Mofolo

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
Paka Mdogo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
H.S. Toshack

23
2 1
White Hunter Black Heart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
clash1977 added

24
2 1
The Sheltering Sky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
clash1977 added Paul Bowles

25
1 0
Living With Ghosts: The Experi... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Helen Love added Samuel K. Nnama -

Living With Ghosts: The Experiences of the Twins of St Matthew is a non-fictional account of the author’s childhood growing up with his twin brother in a rural Nigerian, West African village as a child of missionaries. Haunted by the ghosts in St Matthew’s cathedral, the author reveals the minds of children dealing with what he terms as “strange encounters”. He also offers insight on how parents can handle children who go through these experiences, including how to handle adopted children from non Christian backgrounds. The book starts the reader on the journey of a Prince who left the luxury of royalty to become a missionary. This is a classic case of where African traditional values meets western Christianity. From the vivid account of the late pastor’s wife in a bridal gown playing with goats, to the paranormal experiences in the church’s graveyard, the readers are taken on an exciting journey. Samuel Nnama leads the reader through the casual paranormal and supernatural encounters of angels, and ghosts that occur in the life of him and his twin. Thrilling and enthralling, Living With Ghosts: The Experiences of the Twins of St Matthew heralds the entrance of a prolific writer, whose life suddenly came to an end just 2 weeks after completing this manuscript.

https://www.amazon.com/Living-Ghosts-experiences-twins-Matthews-ebook/dp/B01IAJMMO4

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1 0
Sugar Street is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Naguib Mahfouz

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1 0
Xala is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Ousmane Sembene

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1 0
Zaynab is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Muhammad Husayn Haykal

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1 0
Osiris Rising is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Ayi Kwei Armah

30
1 0
God's Bits of Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Ousmane Sembane

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1 0
Americanah is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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1 0
Nedjma is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Kateb Yacine

33
1 0
Woman at Point Zero is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Nawal El Saadawi

34
1 0
Paradise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Abdulrazak Gurnah -

Abdulrazak Gurnah

35
1 0
This Blinding Absence of Light is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Tahar Ben Jelloun

36
1 0
Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Uzodinma Iweala

37
1 0
Disgrace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
J. M. Coetzee

38
1 0
Arrow of God is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Chinua Achebe

39
1 0
A Guide to Recognizing Your Sa... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels about Africa

40
1 0
Palace Walk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Naguib Mahfouz

41
1 0
Midaq Alley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Naguib Mahfouz

42
1 0
The Sand Child is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Tahar Ben Jelloun

43
1 0
No Longer at Ease is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Chinua Achebe

44
1 0
Mating is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Norman Rush

45
4 4
What Is the What is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Dave Eggers

46
3 3
The Covenant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
James A. Michener, Michael Falconer Anderson

47
3 3
Mark of the lion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Suzanne Middendorf Arruda

48
3 3
The Beasts of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Edgar Rice Burroughs

49
1 1
The Winter Rose is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Jennifer Donnelly

50
1 1
Captain Singleton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Daniel Defoe