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If we were to look at Africa and the MIddle East, who else is there apart from the mainstays (Ngugi, Djebar, Farah, Adonis, etc)? People have been having this discussion since Soyinka won, and the last prize did go to someone who's not as young as she once was... is there anyone in the next generation who might come into question yet? Just to toss a few names out there:

Nina Bouraoui (47) - I quite liked Tomboy, she's very consciously transgressive, with feet in lots of different identities (Plus, giving it to a gay biracial woman will please the loudmouths on both sides.)
Alain Mabanckou (48) - clever, funny and widely read, but probably not quite weighty enough, based on the ones I've read
Calixthe Beyala (53) - like Bouraoui (and the far too young Ngozi Adichie), blurring the line between "African" and "cosmopolitan". Not widely translated, though.
Véronique Tadjo (59) - loved Queen Pokou, wasn't quite as impressed by Far From My Father
Amin Maalouf (65) - combines fiction and non-fiction, would appeal to Eco fans, and the more people read The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, the better

But I'm sure I'm missing a bunch?
Edited by Bjorn, Sep 5 2014, 09:20 AM.
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