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Where? What? Why?

Not sure about J. M. Coetzee’s Schooldays. New Statesman | 5 October 2016 | PDF.

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Confession of the Lioness

A radical call for change framed in semi-traditional forms. In April of this year, the poet and novelist Mia Couto wrote an open letter to the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. “We remember you in Maputo,” it began, “from … Continue reading

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That Middling Line

The postcolonial afterlives of E. M. Forster. Review of Alberto Fernández Carbajal, Compromise and Resistance in Postcolonial Writing: E. M. Forster’s Legacy, (2014).  Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2015. PDF. See also Nothing Extraordinary: E. M. Forster and the English Limit. In … Continue reading

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The Marvellous Real

The swiftness of the folk tale combined with sparseness of Raymond Carver. Review of E. C. Osondu, This House is Not for Sale. Financial Times, 5 June 2015. In Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Italo Calvino considers the six properties that … Continue reading

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An Unnatural History pt.2

An eccentric, dream-like meditation on the lives and deaths of animals. Review of Green Lion by Henrietta Rose-Innes (Umuzi, 2015). Sunday Times, 9 May 2015. Longer version at Books Live. Now that Cecil Rhodes has been toppled from his plinth and trucked away … Continue reading

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Lapsed South Africans

Wolf, Wolf: A Novel, by Eben Venter, translated by Michiel Heyns. Financial Times. 13 March, 2015. …The Chekhovian pistol in this work is not hanging on the wall but hidden in a drum of organic lentils. And even though it doesn’t … Continue reading

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On the Brink of the Mundane

Rereading Ivan Vladislavić: The Restless Supermarket and Double Negative. (Much) shorter version at the New Statesman, 9 January 2015: Lost in Joburg: One of South Africa’s most accomplished prose stylists gets a timely reissue. Do copy-editors still use their time-honoured signs: the confident slashes, … Continue reading

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