African writers are operators of postcolonial transformation. They alter our perception of ourselves and of reality. More importantly, they transform regimes of taste and modes of reading, as well as the institutions and industries of cultural production. This work of transformation is however not obvious from that which currently presents itself as postcolonial literary and book history. Postcolonial theory and literary history have highlighted the enduring architecture of colonialism and its impact on culture and creativity. The argument of this book is grounded in the notion of reversals: reading texts through and against the history of their production, an analysis of texts informed by book/literary history but also the reverse determination of the a priori of fictional works that antecedes and anticipates relations of literary production.