Friday, April 16, 2010

Over the rainbow: South African writers take centre-stage at the London Book Fair

Andrew van der Vlies takes us through the post-apartheid landscape in South Africa.

"South African writers still have serious things to write about. But some have discovered levity in the face of gloom, reflecting both the country's dysfunction and its promise in surprising ways. The local literary scene is varied and sometimes strident: magical realism, SF, crime fiction, and the surreally comic are now as likely to be displayed in bookshops' "local writing" sections as social realism, reportage and cultural commentary."


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