Phaswane Mpe, who died late last year at 34, was a beloved teacher and an acclaimed writer who brought a new vision to South African literature. Here, in his last interview, he tells Andie Miller about the books that changed his life.
Andie Miller reviews <i>The Silent Minaret</i> by Ishtiyaq Shukri (Jacana) which he descibes as an important and striking post-apartheid novel: not the least of which is the stylistic movement back and forth in time and space of both people and texts.
"The way in for me was to ask questions like, when is the birth of conscience? Not just for a character in a novel, but also for the writer writing the novel." Andie Miller spoke to exiled Nigerian novelist Chris Abani.
"The average age on this tour," the organiser said, "is 24,7." I guess my 41, Kate's 33 and the "Spanish woman with an unpronounceable name" must have raised the average of what looked like an abundance of 16-year-old boys considerably. Andie Miller joins a bus load of youngsters on the scenic route to Swakopmund.
"As an individual he doesn't see the relevance of it. He feels that to be a man you don't have to cut your penis. You have to prove it in other ways. Your way of thinking. Your way of doing things." Andie Miller speaks to documentary-maker Sipho Singiswa about his delayed rite of passage into manhood.