Originally published in 1972, and re-released in 2012 by Waveland Press, Alex la Guma’s In the Fog of the Season’s End centers on two precisely observed main characters, Beukes and Elias. It depicts the inhumane treatment of blacks during the pre-independence period of South Africa. La Guma is cautious, avoiding excess frivolous drama and yet passing across his message.
The Strange Man (published in 1969 by Heinmann) is the story of Old Mensa, a much respected member of a village community in Ghana. It’s a powerful story told in a soft manner. A story that examines the ills in the society especially the religious hypocrisy that has slowly come to stay and is eating deep into the fabric of the community and nation at large.
Benjamin Kwakye’s award winning novel, The Clothes of Nakedness, is a gripping story told with utter liveliness and candour and which reveals how corruption could subtly eat deep into the fabrics of men and women alike. It shows the relationship between the rich and the poor in urban Ghana and how the position of the rich could easily influence the poor in taking decisions.