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Maaza Mengiste: ‘We are now catching up with the past’

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Winning novels examples of newfound writing freedom

Noted novelist Zakes Mda and debut writer Penny Busetto have won the University of Johannesburg awards with "Rachel's Blue" and "The Story of Anna P".

Write off the next 30 days, it’s a novel experience

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African writing: Fact, fiction, or faction?

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Detective fiction stories tramp a new beat

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Selective memory keeps Carrim in the local loop

Being SA's communications minister takes up a lot of Yunus Carrim's time. But this is what he reads when he can.

Untitled: Prey to ?his decay

In "Untitled", Kgebetli Moele brings home the travesty of the "respectable" men who destroy women's dreams.

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