LACUNA – Fiona Synckers

J.M. Coetzee published Disgrace in 1999, receiving his second Booker Award for the novel set in post-apartheid South Africa. The already-celebrated author received even more kudos for this harsh and violent take on the role whites had in South Africa and what was the price to be paid for apartheid.  In Disgrace, the price isContinue reading “LACUNA – Fiona Synckers”

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela – A Human Being Died that Night

Apartheid is the Afrikaans word meaning “apartness” that defined South African existence from the late 1940s until the early 1990s. This racial divide was implemented and enforced by the National Party to keep the white man in charge and the black man under his thumb. My thesis work centered around three of Nadine Gordimer’s novelsContinue reading “Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela – A Human Being Died that Night”

J.M. Coetzee – Life & Times of Michael K

J.M. Coetzee is one of my favorite South African writers. I have a special love for the white voices of South Africa and even though Coetzee has since moved his citizenship to Australia, I still consider him a South African novelist. Coetzee was born in Cape Town in 1940. He moved to London in theContinue reading “J.M. Coetzee – Life & Times of Michael K”

Norman Rush – Mating

I will readily admit that I have been neglecting my reading, and I can offer no valid excuses – work, pretty eyed boys, sports, and pretty weather for pints are not valid excuses for ignoring the many novels I continue to collect. I’ve been fighting my way through Norman Rush’s Mating for a lot longerContinue reading “Norman Rush – Mating”