Maya Jaggi

Aminatta Forna: Intimate acts of betrayal

Aminatta Forna tells Maya Jaggi that Africa scares the West, but that there’s as much reason to be scared in Croatia as in Sierra Leone.

Musings of a letters’ man

Widely acknowledged as the greatest ­living Arab poet, the ­Syrian-born Adonis is a fiercely ­independent thinker.

Minding the gap — or not

Barbara Kingsolver's long-awaited new novel recalls a dangerous era for artists, writes Maya Jaggi.

Everyman’s an alien

Maya Jaggi detects echoes of 9/11 in a story about Chinese totalitarianism.

Cairo calling

Alaa Al Aswany, author of <i>The Yacoubian Building</i>, has a new novel,<i> Chicago</i>. He speaks to Maya Jaggi.

Arabic writers still fighting for freedom of expression

Maya Jaggi reports from the Cairo book fair on the struggle for freedom of expression.

When East is West

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has faced criminal charges and even death threats in his native Turkey, yet he refuses to be disillusioned.

The voice of conscience

When Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka visited the Hay Cartagena festival in Colombia earlier this year, in a walled Spanish colonial town on the Caribbean coast, children in the streets instantly thought they recognised the black man with leonine grey hair. But they couldn't decide whether he was Kofi Annan or Don King.

Fela’s rising son

It took years for Femi Kuti to win over fans of his father, the Afrobeat legend Fela, writes Maya Jaggi.

Casualties of war

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new novel reflects on the Biafra conflict and the effects it had on all Nigerians, writes Maya Jaggi.

Coke mules and reality checks

Though their concerns are different, the new voices from Africa offer salutary correctives to those who care to listen, writes Maya Jaggi.

Conscience of Kenya

A vicious attack upon returning to Kenya after 22 years has not deterred Ngugi wa Thiong'o from exposing despotism. He speaks to Maya Jaggi.

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