Renate Lindner (Weltkulturen Bibliothek) recommends “The Abandoned Baobab.” by Ken Bugul

Reading about Ken Bugul’s experiences in this, her first book, gives us an insight how a young African woman feels in Western European society. The process of being ‘uprooted’ throws her into a painful personal crisis.

In addition to her activities as an author, Ken Bugul has also been involved with an international NGO for many years. Her work there has focused in particular on the situation of African women.

Translated from French by Marjolijn de Jager. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press 2008. 180 pages. Recommended: 18 +