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South Africa Finds its Literary Voice

Nadine Gordimer

By all accounts South African literature is enjoying its finest hour. Even as the scandal of dumped and undelivered textbooks in Limpopo was raging, the Polokwane Literary Festival was a welcome respite. That writers could descend on a town whose very name now resonates with the politics of succession and connect with readers was an act of faith in the power of literature. The Bloody Book Week was a great success and it brought to SA fiction A-listers Jeffery Deaver, John Connolly and Mark Giminez. Jefferey Deaver is known for The Bone Collector that was turned into a movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He has also written the James Bond thriller, Carte Blanche, part of which is set in Cape Town.

There’s a renewed vibrancy in South African writing and some of the authors are finding devoted audiences both at home and abroad. It is always a great treat to be at a book shop in a foreign country and to stumble across a novel by Lewis Nkosi or Deon Meyer. It’s wonderful to see South African fiction attracting bidding from movie producers for the film rights for their books. The latest to join this list includes Deon Meyer, Margie Orford and Lauren Beukes.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    August 10th, 2012 @17:24 #

    Nice write up. I was going to shout out to Richard, 'We have the same camera.' But when I blew up the photo I saw that he was not holding a Duaflex III, but some other brand. Ah well, still a good photo.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    August 10th, 2012 @17:27 #

    That's actually Victor's camera, Tiah! He said I looked better holding a prop. Pity he didn't have a skull lying around.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    August 10th, 2012 @18:46 #

    Lovely series of snapshots, in words and images.


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