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  • Unheimlich moederlandby Gitte Postel

    Amsterdam University Press 2006; US$ 53.50

    Bijna elke zichzelf respecterende Zuid-Afrikaanse schrijver schreef in de laatste decennia voorafgaand aan de politieke omwenteling van 1994 een farm novel of plaasroman: een verhaal dat zich afspeelde op een Zuid-Afrikaans landgoed. Vaak waren die verhalen wat morbide van aard: vol wandelende doden of wrekende natuurkrachten. Ook in de decennia die... more...

  • Big Book of Verse for Aussie Kidsby Jim Haynes

    Allen & Unwin 2009; US$ 27.26

    From Banjo Paterson to Spike Milligan, Rudyard Kipling to Hilaire Belloc, Lewis Carol to CJ Dennis - the most definitive collection of verse ever collected for Australian children. more...

  • Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Gender, and the Ethics of Postcolonial Readingby Brendon Nicholls

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 119.95

    This is the first comprehensive book-length study of gender politics in Ngugi wa Thiong's fiction. Brendon Nicholls argues that the mechanisms of gender subordination are strategically crucial to Ngugi's ideological project, but that his fiction also creates transgressive spaces for women.Nicholls proposes a strategy of 'performative reading'... more...

  • Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apartby Harold Bloom

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 54.00

    "Things Fall Apart", set in Nigeria about a century ago, is widely regarded as Chinua Achebe's masterpiece. Considered one of the most broadly read African novels, Achebe's work responded to the two-dimensional caricatures of Africans that often dominated Western literature. This guide contains a selection of contemporary criticism... more...

  • J.M. Coetzee's Austeritiesby Graham Bradshaw; Michael Neill

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 124.95

    Representing a wide range of critical and theoretical perspectives, this volume seeks to align the South African dimension of Coetzee's writing with his "late modernist" aesthetic. It includes essays exploring the relationship between Coetzee's novels and his work on linguistics; and, by paying particular attention to the novelist's... more...

  • J. M. Coetzee: Countervoicesby Carrol Clarkson

    Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 29.00

    Clarkson pays sustained attention to the dynamic interaction between Coetzee's fiction and his critical writing, exploring the Nobel prize-winner's participation in, and contribution to, contemporary literary-philosophical debates. The book engages with the most recent literary and philosophical responses to Coetzee's work. more...

  • Arguments of Augustan Witby John Sitter

    Cambridge University Press 1991; US$ 42.00

    John Sitter makes a challenging claim for the importance of wit in the writings of Dryden, Rochester, Prior, Berkeley, Gay, Pope and Swift. more...

  • Cionby Zakes Mda

    Picador 2007; US$ 14.99

    A Picador Paperback Original   The hero of Zakes Mda's beloved Ways of Dying, Toloki, sets down with a family in Middle America and uncovers the story of the runaway slaves who were their ancestors.   Toloki, the professional mourner, has come to live in America. Lured to Athens, Ohio, by an academic at the local university, Toloki makes friends... more...

  • Voice Overby Breyten Breytenbach

    Archipelago Books 2010; US$ 9.00

    Hertzog Prize winner Breyten Breytenbach's imaginative and inspirational elegy to Palestine's greatest poet. more...

  • Delete This at Your Perilby Bob Servant; Neil Forsyth

    Birlinn 2011; US$ 8.44

    This is an hilarious collection of email exchanges starring the anti-hero of spam, Bob Servant, now republished with previously unreleased material. Spam is the plague of the electronic age, comprising 90% of all emails sent and conning over 0150m a year from British victims. Into this wave of corruption steps the brave figure of Bob Servant ? a... more...