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Leon de Kock

Leon de Kock

    'Birthmark': Marked by the strong and weak
    'Birthmark': Marked by the strong and weak
    BIRTHMARK by Stephen Clingman
    An era in which fact is more desired than fiction
    An era in which fact is more desired than fiction
    The switch from apartheid to postapartheid in the early to mid-1990s is momentous not only for the more obvious reasons, but also because it...
    Post-liberation writing plays hide-and-seek with plot
    Post-liberation writing plays hide-and-seek with plot
    What are the most interesting trends in South African writing over the past 21 years? In 2013, when I started researching the book on this subject...
    Win pulls Ivan Vladislavic out of the margins
    Win pulls Ivan Vladislavic out of the margins
    The award of the R1.5-million Windham Campbell...
    Andre Brink: A master of words of form
    Andre Brink: A master of words of form
    The death last weekend of novelist and critic André Brink brings into the spotlight the writer’s considerable legacy in South African public...
    Fearless corruption buster
    Fearless corruption buster
    Mzilikazi wa Afrika’s book, Nothing Left to Steal, is exceptional on many counts, but principally because it redefines – in the...
    The SA Lit issue won't go away
    The SA Lit issue won't go away
    South African fiction in English, it seems, has reached yet another moment of crisis, but this time it might just be a black hole. 
    Ethics knot leaves poetry at sea
    Ethics knot leaves poetry at sea
    ‘I only have problems,” said Antjie Krog, going against the current of metaphysical optimism about the transcendent possibilities of...
    Dancing in Other Words: Poetry in motion
    Dancing in Other Words: Poetry in motion
    Dancing in Other Words includes a weeklong, closed-door deliberation among poets and writers from many parts of the globe. The festival will...
    Act puts noose around the internet's neck
    Act puts noose around the internet's neck
    'We live in a phantom democracy."
    High noon in the badlands
    High noon in the badlands
    Black Heart is the novel that completes Mike Nicol's trilogy of what his publisher, Umuzi, categorises as "crime thriller" fiction. I...
    Why rage is inevitable
    Why rage is inevitable
    One of the things I'm teaching at Stellenbosch University is a new honours course that I call contemporary literary practice. A subset of this...