Books

Rapacious miners unmasked
Rapacious miners unmasked
When Bishop Jo Seoka addressed the annual meeting of BASF shareholders in 2015 in Mannheim, Germany, write Maren Grimm and Jakob Krameritsch,...
Translating Nyembezi no walk in the park
Translating Nyembezi no walk in the park
In mid-1989 I was in a Durban hospital for weeks after members of the United Democratic Front attacked me in Clermont township. I belonged to the...
Five good reads to enjoy
Five good reads to enjoy
These five notable books will help you to escape from unwanted companions and will add to that feeling of being on holiday.
The Pan-African focus of Abantu's 2018 festival draws from a future past
The Pan-African focus of Abantu's 2018 festival draws from a future past
On a Friday evening in early September, I was the impromptu guest of a dinner in the company of women publishing entrepreneurs, with one pair of...
The literary echoes of the Afro-modern
The literary echoes of the Afro-modern
I encountered the term Afro-modern at the Open Book Festival in September when Cape Town was shedding those excess layers of winter. Coined by...
Winnie ‘unashamedly’ resurrected
Winnie ‘unashamedly’ resurrected
In her introduction to The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, author Sisonke Msimang states unapologetically: “I will not pretend otherwise: I am interested in redeeming Ma Winnie.”...
‘Homeland’ is a thriller,  but one with depth
‘Homeland’ is a thriller,  but one with depth
This rich and complex novel is far more than a thriller, though it is that as well. It is a multifaceted portrait of life on the border of the...
‘Sankomota’ ode explores a cultural treasure
‘Sankomota’ ode explores a cultural treasure
Phehello J Mofokeng’s book, Sankomota: An Ode in One Album, might be about a recording that took place in Lesotho more than 35 years...
Shange paid the price for her honesty
Shange paid the price for her honesty
There have been very clear moments when the loss of a famous person felt personal. This year, the deaths of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Hugh...
Dangarembga builds on her two earlier books
Dangarembga builds on her two earlier books
“Who is that one?” a girl shouts.
VBS report is a reader’s dream
VBS report is a reader’s dream
Justice demands that someone who recommends decisions about the fate of others should do so with a certain amount of emotional distance. But, from...
Stories in mother tongues matter
Stories in mother tongues matter
Last week, American actor Michael B Jordan caused a furore when, in a Vanity Fair interview, he bemoaned the nonexistence of black...
Gautrain literacy project derailed
Gautrain literacy project derailed
When the literacy campaign #GautrainReads was launched in September last year, its creator Kgauhelo Dube, a public relations specialist working...
An expat’s return explores intimacy
An expat’s return explores intimacy
Eben Venter’s new novel, Green as the Sky is Blue, is narrated with elegance, simplicity and power. It is seriously challenging and,...

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