Shaun de Waal has worked at the Mail & Guardian since 1989. He was literary editor from 1991 to 2006 and has been chief film critic for 15 years. He is now the editor of the paper's comment and analysis section. Recent publications include Exposure: Queer Fiction; 25 Years of the Mail & Guardian; and Not the Movie of the Week. Visit shaundewaal.tumblr.com
Two news books add up the many problems facing South Africa, but treat them in different ways.
Turbine Art Fair 2015 is on this weekend, showcasing artists on the way up, which means the works will be affordable.
The musician has moved beyond the immediacy of live sound to greater depth and complexity.
Shaun de Waal applauds David Attwell’s survey of JM Coetzee’s manuscripts and notes to self.
His dissident views made him a renegade communist, but a new biography confirms Harold Wolpe as an influential radical voice.
Writing history is often a matter of rewriting earlier histories as present perspectives shift and change.
The current Spy vs Spy farce summons a sense of déjà vu, with a CIA spook lurking in every nook.
Besides being a beloved teacher for nearly six decades, Brink was something of a literary powerhouse, writes Shaun de Waal about André Brink.
Okay, it was an election year, but 2014 saw ever more books on South African politics emerge. Shaun de Waal rounds up the most notable of them.
Three new books explore the topic of conflict and how it has shaped the world as we know it.