Karina Magdalena Szczurek

Karina M Szczurek is the author of Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer Writing Post-Apartheid South Africa as well as the editor of Touch: Stories of Contact, Encounters with André Brink, Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink (with Willie Burger), and the 2015 SSDA anthology, Water: New Short Fiction from Africa (with Nick Mulgrew). Her play for young adults A Change of Mind won the MML Literature Award in the Category English Drama in 2012. She also writes short stories, essays, poetry and literary criticism. Her debut novel Invisible Others was published in 2014. It was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

Flame and song: A memoir by Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa and How to open the door by Marike Beyers

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-04-07

"How to open the door and Flame and song are books about 'being in the world and not defeated by it'. In both, it is often that which is not said that is delivering the strongest punches."

Patriots & parasites: an interview

Julia Smuts Louw, Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-03-29

"As a woman of her time, as an Afrikaans person of her time, and even as an MP of her time, she never bent with the breeze – she was 'what the willow does to the wind'."

Stanzas No 4, a book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-02-28

"Stanzas is a vibrant and vital contribution to the local poetry scene. Any reader’s soul will delight in a subscription to the quarterly, which I can wholeheartedly recommend."

Book review: There's always tomorrow by Abner Nyamende

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-11-08

"The title of the novel refers to something that Gabashe is told by Madiba himself: 'There’s no time to spare. The time for suffering in the hands of an illegitimate government is now over. Our uniting slogan says there’s always tomorrow.'”

One day at The Star Soweto Literary Festival 2016

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-08-26

"Camaraderie. That is word which comes to mind when I think back to the one day I spent at the fabulous Soweto Theatre, attending the inaugural The Star Soweto Literary Festival."

Book review: Writing what we like: A new generation speaks, edited by Yolisa Qunta

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-08-26

"If there ever was a timely book, Writing what we like is definitely it. It is the brain child of Yolisa Qunta, who over the period of the past two years interviewed and collected essays written by her fellow young black South Africans for this remarkable publication."

Book review: The woman next door by Yewanda Omotoso

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-06-06

"Most importantly, Omotoso shows that life and love are rarely black and white. They are full of nuances and contradictions. We can be simultaneously kind and cruel, open and closed, warm and cold."

Of romance, rugby and refugees: intertwined at the inaugural Jewish Literary Festival in Cape Town

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-05-25

"Sunday, 22 May, one of those glorious winter days in Cape Town: all light and revelation. It wasn’t even 9 am, but the queue in front of the Gardens Community Centre in Hatfield Street looked overwhelming."

Review: Affluenza by Niq Mhlongo

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-04-13

"If you want to take the pulse of present-day South Africa, you can turn to his [Mhlongo's] work for insight."

Review: Mongrel - essays by William Dicey

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-03-16

"There is nothing quite as satisfying as an excellent personal essay, and William Dicey’s Mongrel contains six gems of the genre."

Book review: Letters of stone by Steven Robins

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-02-29

"Letters of stone is a monument to a story which refused to be forgotten."

Book review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Argief 2016-02-22

Harper Lee has died. Read the review of Go set a Watchman.

New writing: The break-up

Karina Magdalena Szczurek New writing 2016-02-02

"It was in this moment that I realised that I was missing something vital in this whole set-up. That there was a silence between us as well."

Book review: The seed thief by Jacqui L'Ange

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-01-27

"The Seed Thief is one of those rare books which deliver on all fronts and leave you completely satisfied."

"Your library is your soul": Reflecting on Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-01-19

"A God in Ruins is many things. It is the story of a British family set against the historical background of the past century. It is a novel about war and its aftershocks. It is a fine inquiry into human nature. But above all, it is a declaration of love for literature, its power and its manifold mysteries."

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