So close and yet so far: Africa, Europe’s Neighboring Continent

My relationship with Africa is a literary one, because in literature the longings, dreams, fears and hopes of people can be seen. And the farther these stories, novels or poems have already carried me for decades, the more remarkably the cultural wealth of this continent unfolds, the more familiar their distant passions, wishes, worries and values. Africa, so far and yet so near.

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In the Heart of Darkness or: The Danube Flows Through Africa – A Very Personal Statement


For me, Manfred Loimeier, Africa begins in Lower Bavaria. This is where I was born. And the Danube is a river that flows through Africa – much like the Congo in the Heart of Darkness. I was born in Passau, at the time a symbol of underdevelopment and political backwardness, and the icon of disastrous flooding.

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Manfred Loimeier Archive

The Manfred Loimeier Archive consists of 35 binders containing newspaper articles, interviews, reviews, information, manuscripts, printouts of Internet pages, and numerous other documents connected with African authors or African literature, which author, journalist and literary scholar Manfred Loimeier collected between the early the 1990s and the year 2010. In the summer of 2010, Manfred Loimeier donated this collection to the Jahn Library for African Literatures at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

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