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  • Welcome to Our Hillbrowby Phaswane Mpe

    Ohio University Press 2011; US$ 13.99

    Welcome to Our Hillbrow is an exhilarating and disturbingride through the chaotic and hyper-real zone of Hillbrow?microcosm of all that is contradictory, alluring, and painful in the postapartheid South African psyche. Everythingis there: the shattered dreams of youth, sexuality and its unpredictable costs, AIDS, xenophobia, suicide, the omnipotent... more...

  • Thirteen Centsby K. Sello Duiker; Shaun Viljoen

    Ohio University Press 2013; US$ 13.99

    Every city has an unspoken side. Cape Town, between the picture postcard mountain and sea, has its own shadow: a place of dislocation and uncertainty, dependence and desperation, destruction and survival, gangsters, pimps, pedophiles, hunger, hope, and moments of happiness. Living in this shadow is Azure, a thirteen-year-old who makes his living on... more...

  • Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart Stateby Andrew McRae

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 34.00

    Andrew McRae examines the relation between literature and politics at a pivotal moment in English history. more...

  • West African Literaturesby Stephanie Newell

    Oxford University Press, UK 2006; US$ 37.99

    West African Literatures provides students with fresh, in-depth perspectives on the key debates in the field. The aim of this book is not to provide an authoritative, encyclopaedic account, but to consider a selection of the region's literatures in relation to prevailing discussions about literature and postcolonialism. - ;The Oxford Studies in... more...

  • Voice of Americaby E.C. Osondu

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 10.99

    ?E.C. Osondu is a man with a clear head and a great ear, writing from crucial places.? ?Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections ?With observant wonder and subtle humor, [Osondu] portrays?our unique capacity for hope and hopelessness rolled together.? ?Mary Gaitskill, author of Bad Behavior and Veronica This collection of... more...

  • The October Killingsby Wessel Ebersohn

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 17.99

    Abigail Bukula was fifteen years old when her parents were killed in a massacre of antiapartheid activists by white apartheid security forces. Because a young soldier spoke up in her defense, she was spared. Now she?s a lawyer with a promising career in the new government, and while she has done her best to put the tragedy behind her, she?s never... more...

  • Strange Nervous Laughterby Bridget McNulty

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 8.99

    You?ll not find six more remarkable characters: a cashier-turnedmotivational speaker, an undertaker with a toenail fetish, a girl wrapped in dreams, a man who communicates with whales, a garbage man with a peculiar sense of smell, and a Guinness Book of World Records representative. When a random holdup at a local grocery brings them together,... more...

  • Elections & Erectionsby Pieter-Dirk Uys

    Random House Struik 2011; US$ 10.00

    At last, Pieter-Dirk Uys, South Africa?s most famous political satirist, entertainer and AIDS activist, has penned a memoir. He takes us back to his upbringing in apartheid South Africa, his early days in the theatre, and the birth of his alter ego, Evita Bezuidenhout, the ambassador to the fictitious homeland of Bapetikosweti. He revisits his political... more...

  • J. M. Coetzee and Ethicsby Anton Leist; Peter Singer

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 28.99

    In 2003, South African writer J. M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his riveting portrayals of racial repression, sexual politics, the guises of reason, and the hypocrisy of human beings toward animals and nature. Coetzee was credited with being "a scrupulous doubter, ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic... more...

  • An Ordinary Dogby Gregory Woods

    Carcanet 2011; US$ 14.51

    An Ordinary Dog is a carnival of clashing forms and tones, all deployed with a cool wit and technical precision. They bear sceptical witness to ? what? To the affecting ordinariness of human needs, to the vanity of human wishes. Woods writes about desire: sacred and profane, serene and frantic, refined and grubby - often betrayed by cussedness, always... more...