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Good book: 28. Stories about AIDS in Africa


In the eye-opening, ’28. Stories about Aids in Africa’, author, Stephanie Nolen, tells the personal stories of AIDS victims. Readers get real insight into the virus and what it does to its victims and those around them. Nolen manages to explain AIDS and its impact in a way that is both understandable and insightful. We recommend this book to everyone! You should be able to find it in most bookstores.

Official Statement:
For the past six years, Stephanie Nolen has traced AIDS across Africa, and 28 is the result: an unprecedented, uniquely human portrait of the continent in crisis. Through riveting, anecdotal stories, she brings to life men, women, and children involved in every aspect of the pandemic, making them familiar to us in a way they never have been before. In the process, she explores the effects of an epidemic that well exceeds the Black Plague in scope, and the reasons why we must care about what happens.

In every instance, Nolen has borne witness to the stories she relates, whether riding with truck driver Mohammed Ali on a journey across Kenya; following Tigist Haile Michael, a smart, shy fourteen-yearold Ethiopian orphan fending for herself and her baby brother on the slum streets of Addis Ababa; chronicling the heroic efforts of Alice Kadzanja, an HIV-positive nurse in Malawi; or talking to Nelson Mandela and his wife about coming to terms with his own son's death from AIDS.

These stories reveal how HIV works and spreads; how it is inextricably tied to conflict and famine and to the diverse cultures it has ravaged; how treatment works, and how people who can't get treatment fight to stay alive with courage and dignity against huge odds.
Writing with power and simplicity, Stephanie Nolen makes us listen, allows us to understand, and inspires us to care. Timely and transformative, 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa is essential reading for anyone concerned about the fate of humankind.

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I've read the book as well and the only thing I can tell you is buy the book and read it yourself! There a lot of history and politics in the book, which also explains how and why HIV/AIDS affected Africa.
28 realy touching stories...

Reactie van Frederike op 6 aug 2007 at 10:50

Hi Debbie,
Thanks for the recommendation. For any volunteers looking for a good read before they go to broaden their understanding of Africa - the cultures, the similarities and differences, here's some authors you could explore. All were featured in a recent Vanity Fair (RED) Issue as the part of the literary renaissance that is happening at the moment (listen to me - as though I know! I'm still only half way through Harry Potter!)...

Chinua Achebe - Nigerian; Africa's main man of books
JM Coetze - such as Life and Times of Michel K
Nurrudin Farah - Somalian writer of 'Maps' and 'Knots'
Nadine Gordimer - founding member of ANC; good for a female understanding of apartheid
Also Doris Lessing
Kenya's Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Ben Okri
Wole Soyinka

New kids on the block...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - you need to read Half a Yellow Sun
Doreen Baingana
Mia Couto
Ntone Edjabe
Aminatta Forna
Helen Habila
Uzodinma Iweala
Alain Mabanckou
Mohammed Magani
Yvonne Vera
Binyavanga Wainaina

OK... its a big list, but hey... its a big place! Happy reading!


Reactie van chris op 7 aug 2007 at 23:10

Read it, loved it!!

Reactie van Marlotte Berings op 19 nov 2007 at 17:37