Jonathan Franze in South Africa!
The international bestselling author of Purity, Freedom and The Corrections, and five works of non-fiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project will be at The Book Lounge in Cape Town on 3 November.
Venue: The Book Lounge, Cape Town
Date: Friday, 03 November
"Franzen can be piercingly brilliant at deconstructing myths the culture tells about itself. You don’t read him for the polemic, however, but for the way he roots these ideas in his flawed and beguiling characters, and for the smile that haunts sentences that have the authentic cast of joined-up thoughts." - The Guardian
In her much anticipated memoir, Sisonke Msimang writes about her exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood and college years in North America, and returning to South Africa in the euphoric 1990s.
She reflects candidly on her discontent and disappointment with present-day South Africa but also on her experiences of family, romance, and motherhood, with the novelist’s talent for character and pathos. Militant young comrades dance off the pages of the 1970s Lusaka she invokes, and the heady and naive days of just-democratic South Africa in the 1990s are as vividly painted. Her memoir is at heart a chronicle of a coming-of-age, and while well-known South African political figures appear in these pages, it is an intimate story, a testament to family bonds and sisterhood.
Sisonke Msimang is one of the most assured and celebrated voices commenting on the South African present – often humorously; sometimes deeply movingly – and this book launches her to an even broader audience.
Buy Always Another Country here:
In the news:
In August 2016, following the announcement of the results of South Africa’s heated municipal election, four courageous young women interrupted Jacob Zuma’s victory address, bearing placards asking us to ‘Remember Khwezi’.
Before being dragged away by security guards, their powerful message had hit home and the public was reminded of the tragic events of 2006, when Zuma was on trial for the rape of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, better known as Khwezi. W24
“As we speak the top selling book in the country is Khwezi‚” McKaiser said.
Tlhabi said she wrote the book because “we need to start reflecting on power relations in our society‚ whether from gender‚ the economy and whatever”.
Kuzwayo‚ who was HIV-positive‚ accused Jacob Zuma‚ who was then deputy president of the country‚ of raping her at his home in Johannesburg in 2005. Sowetan Live
Journalist, broadcaster and author, Redi Tlhabi, was joined by more than 200 readers, including close family and friends, as she launched her second book titled 'Khwezi - The Remarkable Story Of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo' on Wednesday evening in Hyde Park. Watch.
The book reflects on power relations and sexual violence, based on the trial of President Jacob Zuma when he was accused of rape by the late Fezekile Kuzwayo - affectionately known as "Khwezi", in 2006. News24
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The remarkable, and often touching, friendship between Winston Churchill and Jan Smuts is a rich study in contrasts. In youth they occupied very different worlds: Churchill, the rambunctious and thrusting young aristocrat; Smuts, the aesthetic, philosophical Cape farm boy who would go on to Cambridge.
Brought together first as enemies in the Anglo-Boer War, and later as allies in the First World War, the men forged a friendship which spanned the first half of the twentieth century and endured until Smuts’s death in 1950.
Richard Steyn, author of Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness, examines this close friendship through two world wars and the intervening years, drawing on a maze of archival and secondary sources including letters, telegrams and the voluminous books written about both men.
This is a fascinating account of two remarkable men in war and peace: one the leader of the Empire, the other the leader of a small fractious member of that Empire who nevertheless rose to global prominence.
Also available in Afrikaans as Churchill en Smuts: Die Vriendskap.
Buy Churchill and Smuts here:
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End of Watch is the spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.
Soon to be a major motion picture—Stephen King’s terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a huge achievement by a writer showing off all of his storytelling skills” (The Guardian)—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.
In Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? A spectacular father-son collaboration.
“The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” So begins Book I of Stephen King’s iconic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. Part sci-fi novel, part futuristic dystopia, part spaghetti Western, and part high fantasy vision, The Gunslinger tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is tracking an enigmatic magician known only as the man in black.
Read more about Stephen King here.