Instead of hijacking Lauren Beukes’s announcement of the fabulous cover of Zoo City, I want to use this space to punt Lauren’s fabulously over-the-top, effed-up Japanese art-vs-mecha-vs-writer story in HOME AWAY (edited by Louis Greenberg, Zebra Press, April 2010) – for all those fans who can’t wait for June to read more brand-new Beukes.
But wait, there’s more: Home Away also includes brand-new de Nooy, Partridge, Wanner, Richards, Lotz, Kozain, Britten, Vladislavic, Snyckers, Mackenzie, Xaba, Rose-Innes, Jobson, Szczurek and more!
Being South African isn’t as black and white as it used to be. People from all over the world make South Africa their home, while South Africans have more geographic freedom than ever before. This unique and captivating collection is a snapshot of South African writing today: emigrant and immigrant South Africans, living at home and away.
In Home Away, twenty-four chapters by twenty-four writers, set in cities all around the world, make up one global day, a mosaic reflecting on the nature of home. As the provocative stories in this collaboration suggest, often it’s when we are far away from home that we see it most clearly.
In Home Away, we’ve divvied up the world and a day into 24 hours shared between some of the hottest, most happening South African, immigrant and emigrant writers working today. All the writing in Home Away is orginal and unpublished, and honorary South African Vikas Swarup has written a lyrical foreword. It’s a fabulous range, a real document of South African writing today.
Here’s the brilliant line-up: (more…)
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