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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 Celebrities Who Were Born in Africa

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The Concubine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added The Concubine Elechi Amadi

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The Grass Is Singing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
The Grass Is Singing Doris Lessing

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A Bend in the River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
A Bend in the River V.S. Naipaul

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What Is the What is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
What Is the What Dave Eggers

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

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

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

The Best Dogs for City Living

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

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

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

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Woman at Point Zero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Woman at Point Zero Nawal El Saadawi

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Paradise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Paradise Abdulrazak Gurnah - Abdulrazak Gurnah

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

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Sugar Street is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Sugar Street Naguib Mahfouz

The Best Countries for Safari Trips

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

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

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

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

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Zaynab is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Zaynab Muhammad Husayn Haykal

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Living With Ghosts: The Experi... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Helen Love added Living With Ghosts: The Experiences of the Twins of St. Matthew's 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 ...

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

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith

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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Beasts of No Nation Uzodinma Iweala

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Disgrace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Disgrace J. M. Coetzee

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

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Arrow of God is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Arrow of God Chinua Achebe

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The Sand Child is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added The Sand Child Tahar Ben Jelloun

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Palace Walk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Palace Walk Naguib Mahfouz

Famous People Named Marvin

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Midaq Alley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Midaq Alley Naguib Mahfouz

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No Longer at Ease is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added No Longer at Ease Chinua Achebe

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Mating is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MarylyleMcCue added Mating Norman Rush

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Mark of the lion is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Mark of the Lion Suzanne Middendorf Arruda

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The Covenant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
The Covenant James A. Michener, Michael Falconer Anderson

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

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Captain Singleton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Captain Singleton Daniel Defoe

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Beau Geste is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Beau Geste P. C. Wren