Popular Books on Angola

 

Angola is a Southern African country. Its varied terrain encompasses tropical Atlantic beaches, with a labyrinth system of rivers and sub-Saharan desert which extends across the border into Namibia. The country’s colonial history is major reflected in its Portuguese influence. Angola is Africa’s major oil producer as it is rich in natural resources. To know more about Angola, its history, political history and tourism, reading books would be the best option.

Following is a list of ten most popular books on Angola. If you are interested in knowing about Angola, you can go through the following bestsellers related about Angola and choose one for your study, interest or know more about this African country.

 

Good Morning Comrades

This book is a fiction written by Ondjaki.  This book tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy, Ndalu living through the times of turbulent in Angola.

Read it For:
This book captures the fears of living a revolutionary time. This book contains good information which would come handy for historical and literary studies.
Don't Read it For:
The book is interesting and entertaining, but through the eyes of a young boy, the reader might not get satisfied with the information about Angola provided.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a story of a group of friends living in a revolutionary socialist country fighting a war, create a perfect childhood.

Another Day of Life

This book by Polish author Ryszard Kapuscinski is a non-fiction record of the Angolan Civil War by the author.

Read it For:
The book contains a notable description of the degradation of the capital of Angola, Luanda with an analysis of weaknesses of the movement of liberation of Angola.
Don't Read it For:
The book tells the truth of the turbulent time in Angola, but the book is limited to the three month period. However, this is still one of the best reads among the 10 best-selling books on Angola.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book gives a brief history of conflict in Angola until 1976, including the Angolan Civil War.

The Return of The Water Spirit

This book by Pepetela is set in Angola at the time of war, 1980. This novel focuses on the interplay between the force of new and old.

Read it For:
This book gives an account of corruption, nepotism and rampant capitalism, which held the country in its grip during 1980.
Don't Read it For:
The book is basically based on African mythology which might be new, different and not relatable to some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
This story tells the tale of damaged done and left by colonialism and social disruption.

Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since The Civil War

This book by Ricardo Soares de Oliveria, gives an account of fast-changing dynamics in terms of economics in Angola.

Read it For:
This book documents and explores the rise of the economy and its introduction to the international system.
Don't Read it For:
The book does not give much information about historical events but more about their influence on the country’s economy.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book, one of the popular books on Angola, provides basic information about the government of Angola and its alliance with other countries.
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Blue Dahlia, Black Gold: A journey into Angola

This book by Daniel Metcalf tells the story of a 2002 graduate from Oxford University, how his journey to him to Angola.

Read it For:
This book is part history, part travelogue. This book contains information about Angola which has been in the limelight of news after 1975, around which Angola nearly went throughout the Angolan civil war.
Don't Read it For:
The book is vastly based on author’s perspective, to which the reader might not always agree.
What makes this book stand out?:
Throughout the book, you will get to go on a journey into Angola with author and learn about the historical heritage and the author's experience at Angola.

Angola History, Culture, and Tourism: Rapid Improvement in Angola Tourism Industry

This book by Anderson Jones and Sampson Jerry describes tourism in Angola. You will be able to understand tourism in Angola without visiting the country; it contains all the crucial information. This books finds its spot among the best books on Angola.

Read it For:
The book could tell you about the tourist spots that could tell you about the tourist spot you could visit and learn about.
Don't Read it For:
The book provides basic information not a deep, thorough study of Angolan strict norms and history, focusing more on tourism.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book also pays attention to the violence, corruption going on in the tourism department of the country.

Culture and Customs of Angola

This book by Adebayo Oyebade contains a thorough study of Angolan customs and its cultural heritage.

Read it For:
Through this book, you will learn about 100 ethno linguistic book and their lives.
Don't Read it For:
To understand the culture thoroughly with this book, the reader would have to refer to the other book to get different perceptions.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book also gives a look into how the Angolan culture and custom survived under colonial oppression

Intonation: A Social History of Music

This book by Marissa Jean Moorman tells how the residents in the late colonial period used music to fight their oppressors.

Read it For:
This book represents the social and cultural history of the relationship between Angola culture and its politics.
Don't Read it For:
For readers not familiar with Angolan languages the study of their music would be dissatisfying.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book, one of the top 10 books on Angola, tells you about history of civil war along with social and political aspects, music, history and criticism of music and many things.

Rainy season

This book by José Eduardo Agualusa, tells the history of Angola tormented by three decades of conflicts.

Read it For:
In this work of fiction a journalist investigates the missing case of poetess and historian Lidia do Carmo Ferreira
Don't Read it For:
The history of independence could not be studied deeply from this work of fiction.
What makes this book stand out?:
This novel in its true sense portrays the agony of Angola’s struggle for independence.

Luanda

This book is written by José Luandino Vieira. It was published in 1963. The English translation of the book by Tamara L. Bender was published by Heinemann.

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