Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Literature of South Africa (RSA)

Blood Safari / by Deon Meyer; trans. from Afrikaans by K.L. Seegers
Emma Le Roux must hire a private bodyguard after her brother, still missing and presumed dead, is named a suspect in a string of murders. When Emma herself is linked to one of the murders, her situation becomes even more hair-raising at every turn..
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Other Lives: A Novel in Three Parts / by André Brink
Brink’s tripartite novel looks into the lives of three Cape Town men, all artists who vaguely know each other and who are preoccupied with their own problems, but whose lives are, never the less, peculiarly headed in the same direction, literally and figuratively..
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Summertime / by J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee, the 2003 Nobel Laureate, is a world-renowned author and scholar hailing from Cape Town, RSA, and has recently published his third in a series of self-fictionalized memoirs. Summertime is a complex novel of self-examination and reflection, exploring the life of a recently deceased author whose somewhat prominent literary career is being researched by a young journalist.
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Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black: And Other Stories / by Nadine Gordimer
South African Nobel prize-winner Gordimer involves all aspects of her homeland in this compilation, including a British social activist whose South African lineage includes both blacks and whites, a Johannesburg woman searching for her dead husband’s lover, and a young Hungarian couple who’ve just emigrated to Cape Town.