The "Memoirs of a Porcupine," the "Confessions of the Lioness" and the lessons from the Sahara desert are just some of the titles and themes explored by the four authors from Africa who are among 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize.
The finalists for the prestigious literary award were announced on Tuesday by the chair of judges, Marina Warner, in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. The African writers are Mia Couto of Mozambique, Marlene van Niekerk of South Africa, Ibrahim al-Koni of Libya and Alain Mabanckou of the Republic of Congo.
The Man Booker International Prize recognizes achievement in fiction, considering a body of a work over a writer’s career. The winner will join the ranks of the late Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian author sometimes referred to as the father of African fiction.