Books

Tales from the armed struggle: There were heroes in MK but villains, too
Tales from the armed struggle: There were heroes in MK but villains, too
Within a few pages of Thula Simpson’s rather large tome, there are several key moments that illumine the history of the ANC’s armed wing and...
The Yearning is ready for round two as it gears up for its second print run
The Yearning is ready for round two as it gears up for its second print run
South Africans apparently don’t read, least of all local fiction. But Mohale Mashigo has blown that belief out of the water; she is preparing for...
A white writer silenced because her transformation should happen offstage
A white writer silenced because her transformation should happen offstage
I was part of the last generation to grow up under apartheid. I am a white writer who interrogates my mind and soul about the myths of white...
Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
The more levels it works on, the more delicious a book is. Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix — nominated for the Arthur C...
Isabella Motadinyane, the little-documented but beautifully jaded Botsotso Jester
Isabella Motadinyane, the little-documented but beautifully jaded Botsotso Jester
Isabella Motadinyane was a Botsotso Jester. She named them, through a line in her poem One Leg In.
Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)Gwen Ansell
The SADF killed the 'terrorist' whose weapon was art – and still it lives on
The SADF killed the 'terrorist' whose weapon was art – and still it lives on
Thami Mnyele + Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective, edited by Clive Kellner and Sergio-Albio Gonzalez (Jacana)
Don DeLillo's foresight in his undiminished works are a delight to read
Don DeLillo's foresight in his undiminished works are a delight to read
Since wins by Toni Morrison (1993), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1978) and Saul Bellow (1976), American authors have got short shrift from the Nobel...
Memory's memories regress and her story parallels Zimbabwe's unravelling
Memory's memories regress and her story parallels Zimbabwe's unravelling
In The Book of Memory, Petina Gappah, the author of award-winning short-story collection An Elegy for Easterly, uses the life of...
Africa, My Africa - what happened to ubuntu
Africa, My Africa - what happened to ubuntu
After the success of her poem Water, PEN SA Student Prize winner for 2016 Koleka Putuma pens a new poem Africa, My Africa - a...
Pleasure: An exploration of a multifacetedness that is found in the unlikely
Pleasure: An exploration of a multifacetedness that is found in the unlikely
PLEASURE (Picador Africa)Nthikeng Mohlele
Convincing characters live on in debut novel by well-known playwright
Convincing characters live on in debut novel by well-known playwright
OUTSIDE THE LINES by Ameera Patel (Modjaji Books)
A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship
A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship
When writer and HIV activist Fezisa ka Mdibi died, no obituary was written in her honour. Yet her voice has been important in highlighting the agency...
Mother-tongue children's books will speed up the decolonising process
Mother-tongue children's books will speed up the decolonising process
"I grew up in a colonial situation in Zimbabwe where we were discouraged from reading anything in our mother tongue," says author and activist Elinor...
Shooting the struggle
Shooting the struggle
JUNE 16 by Peter Magubane 

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