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A feast for hungry bookworms

Rebecca Jacobson
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Bibliophiles in Blantyre should head straight to Mandala House. The Society of Malawi boasts an impressive library here, which visitors can browse freely. Categories include transportation, anthropology, history, botany, cookery, art — the list goes on. Read about blood-sucking flies or peruse a hydrographic survey of Malawi. If that’s not really your style, pick up any colonial-era travelogue for a wildly racist account of this "dark continent." The library also has a decent selection of Malawian literature — try Jack Mapanje’s poetry or Steve Chimombo’s plays. Serious researchers can study the Society’s collection of archives. After boning up on local history or folklore, head downstairs to the café for a cup of coffee and a slab of cake.

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