African Writers Series Database

The collection covers the whole historical range of modern African fiction, from early pioneering novels by black African authors such as René Maran's Batouala (1921; published in the AWS in 1973), Sol Plaatje's Mhudi (1930; AWS, 1978), Peter Abrahams's Mine Boy (1946; AWS 1963), and Achebe's own Things Fall Apart (AWS No. 1, 1962), to later masterpieces such as Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North (1969), Bessie Head's A Question of Power (1974), and Dambudzo Marechera's The House of Hunger (1978), right up to the last two volumes published in the print series: Ama Ata Aidoo's Changes and Daniel Mengara's Mema (both October 2003).

In addition to prose fiction, the collection includes some of the most important works of African poetry, including Christopher Okigbo's Labyrinths (1976), Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino, which has been described as the most influential African poem of the 1960s, the works of Dennis Brutus, Taban lo Liyong and Jack Mapanje, and Mazisi Kunene's epic poem on the rise of the Zulu empire, Emperor Shaka the Great (1979).