The other Side of the Story

I like to listen. This is why I am always conducting interviews and participating in conversations, which are then published as collections – so that they can then enter into a dialogue with one another. I also find it important to promote awareness of African literature. This is why I also work as a translator and editor, so that I can focus on what I find most important. Finally, I want to explain and foster mutual understanding. This the reason I write books and reviews, radio contributions and encyclopedia articles, so that that which still seems so far away will become familiar.

My Work as an Author

2018

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Munich

I am currently working on this book that will discuss the writings of this Kenyan author, who celebrated his 80th birthday this past January. It will be published in October – when Ngügĩ will hopefully finally be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

2013

The art of Flying

An Approach to the Complete Literary Oeuvre of Herbert Achternbusch
Munich

“At the end, one will have a sense of sincere admiration for a superb treatise which is and will remain the unrivalled standard work on Herbert Achternbusch.”

Literatur in Bayern, Klaus Hübner

2012

Word Pools

Conversations with African Authors
Horlemann Verlag, Berlin

“A book that focuses not only on biographies, but also on the concepts of literature, work techniques and self-perceptions of writers – a document covering a variety of remembrances.”

Der Freitag, Marie Mohrmann

2011

African Tableau

art and culture of africa south of the sahara (essays)
Brandes und Apsel Verlag, Frankfurt am Main Sponsored by the Cultural Office of the City of Mannheim

“It is thanks to the captivating style of writing of this Africa expert, literary scholar and art historian that reading this book gives you the feeling that you are actually there and at the heart of the action.”

Blätter des iz3w, Rita Schäfer

2010

Africando

LITERARY JOURNEY THROUGH A CONTINENT
BRANDES & APSEL VERLAG, FRANKFURT AM MAIN SPONSORED BY THE CULTURAL OFFICE OF THE CITY OF MANNHEIM

“Very good to read.”

Südwestrundfunk, S2 Kultur, Katharina Borchardt

2008

J.M. Coetzee

Munich

“A first comprehensive German introduction. Thoughtfully guides us confidently through the entire oeuvre and lastingly triggers one’s own exploration.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Tobias Döring

“I would like to commend you on the research behind the book.
Best regards, John Coetzee”

2006

Power of the Word. The Journalistic Interview as a Form of Reception for African Literature

THE JOURNALISTIC INTERVIEW AS A FORM OF RECEPTION FOR AFRICAN LITERATURES IN THE ANGLOPHONE, FRANCOPHONE AND GERMAN-LANGUAGE PRESS, BY THE EXAMPLE OF WOLE SOYINKA (NIGERIA) AND OUSMANE SEMBÈNE (SENEGAL) (DISSERTATION)
BAYREUTH AFRICAN STUDIES SERIES, BAYREUTH, SUPPORTED BY THE HANS-BÖCKLER-STIFTUNG

“A work that is very rich, well documented and vibrant.”
Études Littéraires Africaines, Claudia Martinek

“The study makes a welcome contribution to the study of the reception of African authors in Western countries.”
Research in African Literatures, Nina Berman

2002

Exchange of Words – Conversations and Interviews with Authors from Subsaharian Africa

Horlemann Verlag, Bad Honnef Sponsored by the Foundation for Art and Culture of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

“An outstanding introduction to the literature of an unknown continent.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Marion Löhndorf

1998

Sudan

Lamuv Verlag, Göttingen

“The book is recommended to any politically interested person.”

Norddeutscher Rundfunk, NDR 4, Reinhild Khan

1997

African Literature

Lamuv Verlag, Göttingen

“Competent and descriptive.”

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Heinz Hug

1997

Ken Saro-Wiwa

Verlag für Blindenschrift, Leipzig (Braille)
1996

Ken Saro-Wiwa (1st – 3rd edition)

Lamuv Verlag, Göttingen

“A good collection of material for people who want to keep their conscience stimulated.”

Die Zeit, Dirk Kurbjuweit

1988

Passages: On criticism of science in the works of Herbert Achternbusch (master’s thesis)

Wissenschaftsverlag Richard Rothe, Passau

“Loimeier’s analysis is worth reviewing.”
Augsburger Allgemeine, Günter Ott

“Yes, Mr. Loimeier, it’s spring! Maybe we can get together sometime in Andechs for a thought-stimulating beer and surrender to mindlessness like on a plumps toilet. Shut the lid and farewell!”
Herbert Achternbusch in “Wohin?”, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne

1980

Moods (poems)

Verlag Darmstädter Blätter, Darmstadt

“He is a very young guy, this Manfred Loimeier. And just the same, what poignancy, what linguistic perfection is seen in his short poems! I hope that this work will be widely disseminated.”

Literaricum Wien, Edith Kouba