African novels at the ASCL

Interested in African novels? Take a look at the African literature collection of the African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden. This site lists African literature about a specific country in the library catalogue of the ASC. This unique collection of 10.000 titles includes novels, short stories, poetry and drama. Here are some examples of remarkable African novels available in the ASC library.

Every week an ASC acquisition list is published. In this way you can stay informed about new titles. The list not only includes novels but also (free) electronic documents, journal articles, books, films and radio programmes and abstracts, when available. For more information, see:

Available online:

The fishermen / Chigozie Obioma
Open access online: Chapter 1 (PDF)

This novel of the Nigerian writer is shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

A heart to mend. A romance / Myne Whitman
Open access online (PDF)

La marche aveugle / Sokhna Benga
Open access online

Note: The ASC library has 13 novels of Sokhna Benga in the collection. Take a look:

Picture: portrait of Sokhna Benga

Bart Nel, de opstandeling / J. van Melle
Open access online

Available in hard copy:

La balade du sabador. Roman / Sokhna Benga

Telling our own stories. Poems by Rwandan youth 20 years after the genocide / Youth Literacy Organisation

Cache-cache d’amour / Koné Fibla

Theater in Sierra Leone. Five popular plays / ed. by Iyunolu Osagie

La légende de l'assassin. Roman / Kangni Alem