10 Afropolitan Writers You Should Know

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  • 10 Afropolitan Writers You Should Know
  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Teju Cole
  • Taiye Selasi
  • Olufemi Terry
  • Aminatta Forna
  • Kabelo “Sello” Duiker
  • Alain Mabanckou

Dinaw Mengestu

Ethiopian-born novelist Dinaw Mengestu has published three novels throughout his illustrious career: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears in 2007, How to Read the Air in 2010 and All Our Names in 2014. Having immigrated to the U.S. at 2 and grown up in Illinois, Mengestu told The New York Times that he saw “a thread” among the African writers examining internationalism. “There’s this investigation of what happens to the dislocated soul,” he said.

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