Most of us might know Henning Mankell for his Wallander crime novels but he has recently also published a non-fiction book on AIDS in Africa. The book is called I Die, but My Memory Lives on: The World AIDS Crisis and the Memory Book Project.
Mankell who spent a substantial amount of his life in Africa, has with the Memory Book Project provided an opportunity to those dying of AIDS to create a record of their lives in words and pictures for the children they leave behind.
…In Uganda, Mankell finds village after village populated only by children and the elderly—those left behind after AIDS swept away an entire generation. These slim, intensely personal volumes can contain words, pictures, a pressed butterfly, or even grains of sand as ways to represent the lives lost to this devastating plague. Excerpts from Ugandan memory books appear throughout I Die, But My Memory Lives On and, together with Mankell’s narrative, they tell stories of individual lives while sounding a powerful warning about the threat of AIDS…
The book is featuring a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A portion of the book’s proceeds are donated to AIDS charities in Africa.
More information on the book and some recent interviews with Henning Mankell on the topic:
- Lofty Talk and Empty Promises
- Henning Mankell’s New Non-Fiction Book Sheds Light on the AIDS Crisis in Africa
- The shame is on us all
- Book review at the NewPress website.
- Henning Mankell’s personal web site
- Granta: How (not) to write about Africa
- 01-December-2006: World AIDS Day
- Africa: The size of a continent
- OLPC: Negroponte getting USD100 laptop ready for delivery
UK magazine Granta has a great article online describing how many writers are exploiting cliches and stereotypes when writing about Africa. It is titled How to write about Africa and written by celebrated Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina. Worth reading Some quotes:…Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title. Subtitles may include [...]
Today is World AIDS Day and we want to contribute by publishing some stories and thought on the matter that often get less attention than needed. We will also point you to some sources and facts that are not so popular with those that have been put in charge by our governments to fight this pandemic worldwide…
Many identify Africa with less-developed countries, disease and war ridden…
…but what almost all forget is the sheer size of that continent that will never allow one-size-fits all approaches. The map below provides a better understanding of the size by overlaying it with some of the largest countries in the world and whole continents…
Nicholas Negroponte’s OLPC project is taking up speed with selected manufacturer Quanta Computer now having started the test production of the low-cost laptop intended for students and children in developing countries. Initial test run outputs should be available next month. Quanta has earlier selected its new plant in Changshu, China to produce the computer and [...]