Books

Blackness has a history of assets
Blackness has a history of assets
“We’ve got everything we need right here, and everything we need is enough.” — Jack Johnson
New look at identity struggles
New look at identity struggles
IDENTITY: CONTEMPORARY IDENTITY POLITICS AND THE STRUGGLE FOR RECOGNITION by Francis Fukuyama (Profile Books)
Project spawns stories for young adults
Project spawns stories for young adults
About a year ago, I received an email from the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg requesting a meeting to discuss their literature programme. They...
Oh, to be ‘free’ in Zimbabwe
Oh, to be ‘free’ in Zimbabwe
Harvest of Thorns by Shimmer Chinodya, by Weaver Press (2017)
Poor form betrays the revolution
Poor form betrays the revolution
Two weeks ago, Mlungisi Madonsela, a student at the Durban University of Technology’s Steve Biko Campus, was shot and killed in a stand-off...
Confessions of bibliophiles
Confessions of bibliophiles
"I never wanna see it. I’m gonna cry if I do. I’m okay. I’ll die under a pile of books” is how book-lover Lethabo Mailula (24) responded in...
Festival to bookend all festivals
Festival to bookend all festivals
The queue of eager fans snakes its way across the vast courtyard, past the Rajasthani rug seller, the Jaipur fabric merchant and the waffle vendor,...
Kingsolver evokes US turmoil
Kingsolver evokes US turmoil
Often controversial, Barbara Kingsolver, best known for her novels The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna, is generally loved by the...
The real Afrikaans experience
The real Afrikaans experience
‘Are you sure? Fok, these leeskringe are usually a bunch of old white women,” Herman Lategan messages me in response to me telling him I would...
Lewin sought no high office and never trumpeted his name
Lewin sought no high office and never trumpeted his name
My lifelong friend since I was 17, Hugh Lewin was a person of exceptional goodness. He sought for no high office, and never trumpeted his name. He...
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...

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