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Culture 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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29 6
Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Chinua Achebe
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13 2
Half of a Yellow Sun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3
18 7
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Joseph Conrad
4
12 4
Cry, The Beloved Country is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
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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
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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
The Four Feathers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
A.E.W. Mason
13
3 1
Season of Migration to the Nor... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
14
2 0
Our Lady of the Nile is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MWM added Scholastique Mukasonga
15
2 0
A Dry White Season is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
clash1977 added André Brink
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
Americanah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MWM added Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
18
2 0
Palace Walk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MWM added Naguib Mahfouz
19
4 3
The Grass Is Singing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Doris Lessing
20
3 2
The Bride Price is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Buchi Emecheta
21
3 2
Chaka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Thomas Mofolo
22
2 1
Promises in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
Stephanie Tyler
23
2 1
Paka Mdogo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
H.S. Toshack
24
2 1
White Hunter Black Heart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
clash1977 added
25
2 1
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels about Africa
MWM added Alexander McCall Smith