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Archive for the ‘Non-fiction’ Category

A different kind of double: Ingrid and the Tweet

The end of July / beginning of August was a very happy chunk of time for me. The news about the Ingrid Jonker prize reached me on 5 August by the kind (behind the scenes) offices of Rustum — which by now is old news. The previous week, though, I’d heard about a book I’d been closely involved with winning a completely different kind of prize.

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Jenny Diski (LRB) on the “awfulness” of South Africa

In the LRB of 3 July 2008, Jenny Diski catalogues her encounters with various foul-opinioned South Africans, and expresses her disappointment at the fallen Rainbow nation (haven’t heard that phrase in a while…).

The ‘you can’t understand until you’ve lived there’ argument had kept me from visiting South Africa quite effectively. If being there would make me understanding about apartheid, I preferred to stay away. But now it had to be a very different place, 18 years after Nelson Mandela walked free from prison, 14 years on from the day when South Africa had its first democratic election. I was going to be there anyway – Cape Town was the end point of another journey – and I thought I’d spend a couple of weeks and look around; be a regular tourist in a place where minds had been changed.

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