Susi Wyss


Susi Wyss

Susi Wyss is the author of The Civilized World (Henry Holt), a book of fiction set across Africa that was largely inspired by her twenty-year career managing international projects in HIV/ AIDS and women’s health. In addition to receiving the Maria Thomas Fiction Award, The Civilized World was named a “Book to Pick Up Now” by O, the Oprah Magazine. Born in DC and currently based in Silver Spring, Susi has received awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and several other arts organizations.


7 entries by Susi Wyss

Book Review

Kibogo

By Scholastique Mukasonga; translated by Mark Polizzotti

Kibogo

A spare, multilayered fable about colonial Rwanda.

Book Review

Glory: A Novel

By NoViolet Bulawayo

Glory: A Novel

This searing fable of corruption in Zimbabwe conjures Orwell.

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A Long Way from Douala: A Novel

By Max Lobe; translated by Ros Schwartz

A Long Way from Douala: A Novel

Buckle up for a wild, rowdy road trip through Cameroon.

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Gravel Heart: A Novel

By Abdulrazak Gurnah

Gravel Heart: A Novel

This international family drama unsettles readers with themes of political strife, homelessness, and inner turmoil.

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Dust: A Novel

By Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Dust: A Novel

A revealing look at the flip-side of the "safari and wildlife" Kenya with which most Americans are familiar.

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We Need New Names

NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names

Stretching from Zimbabwe to Michigan, the hardship and rootlessness of a young girl’s life is the focus of this debut novel.

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The Magic of Saida

M.G. Vassanji

The Magic of Saida

A past love and broken promise triggers a physician’s intense search for identity.