Karina Magdalena Szczurek

Karina M Szczurek is the author and (co)editor of eleven works of fiction and non-fiction, most recently a memoir, The Fifth Mrs Brink, and an anthology of stories, Fluid: The Freedom to Be. Her doctoral thesis was published as Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer Writing Post-Apartheid South Africa. She won the MML Literature Award in the Category English Drama in 2012 and received the Thomas Pringle Award for a portfolio of ad hoc reviews from the English Academy of Southern Africa in 2018. She is a board member of Short Story Day Africa. In 2019, she founded Karavan Press, an independent publishing house, and a year later, established the Philida Literary Award. She lives in Cape Town.  

Review: Remnants restante reste by Annette Snyckers

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2019-07-30

"Writing in English, Afrikaans and German, Snyckers explores the possibilities of translation and creative expansion."

Book review: Lacuna by Fiona Snyckers

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2019-07-10

"Lacuna is the story of Lucy Lurie, a fictional woman who shares a name with one of the main characters in Disgrace (published exactly two decades ago in 1999). It is a feminist ‘reply’, for want of a better word, to JM Coetzee’s most famous — or infamous (depending on one’s reading) — novel."

Secret keeper by Kerry Hammerton: book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Resensies 2019-03-27

"In Secret keeper, Hammerton manages to capture the essentials of most adult lives – love, loss, loneliness, anxiety, ageing and death – and leaves us pondering our own mortality, and that deep longing not to feel our insignificance 'at night' when we are all alone under the 'black sky, stars,/ the milky way'."

Postcolonial poetics: 21st-century critical readings by Elleke Boehmer: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-11-13

"The central question Boehmer addresses in Postcolonial poetics is 'whether there was a kind of reading that postcolonial texts in particular solicited' and, if yes, what its main characteristics were." 

The history of intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-10-31

"The history of intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon ... is the only poetry volume published by Kwela Books this year, but one which is a most welcome addition to the plethora of distinguished South African poetic voices."

You make me possible: An interview with Karina Sczcurek

Naomi Meyer, Liné Loff, Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-10-10

"Sometimes, you can say something in a letter that is impossible to voice otherwise."

It’s only blood: Shattering the taboo of menstruation by Anna Dahlqvist

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-09-20

"It is a book every menstruator will profit from reading."

Winging it by Joanne Jowell: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-06-14

"Winging it illuminates the entire undertaking of what an egg donation, IVF, surrogacy, and solo parenting entails. None of it is for the faint-hearted."

Feminism is: South Africans speak their truth, edited by Jen Thorpe: a book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-03-28

"While reading the essays in this collection, I found myself repeatedly rethinking my own attitudes. To start with, I wanted to be as sensitive and as aware as I could be while writing my review of the book. Change of attitude often begins with language. I hope that each of the words I have chosen for this review is respectful towards the contributors, their views and their sterling work."

Migrations: New short fiction from Africa edited by Efemia Chela, Bongani Kona and Helen Moffett: book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-11-23

"Migrations is the fourth SSDA anthology after Feast, famine and potluck: African short stories, Terra incognita: New short speculative stories from Africa and the abovementioned Water. The idea behind the SSDA project is to offer a platform for writers across the African continent and the African diaspora to write about our experience on our own terms, and to support African writers in our endeavours through the SSDA Prize, anthologies and writing workshops."

The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-09-26

"Barris will make you laugh, weep and think. Read The life of Worm & other misconceptions for the pure delight of experiencing the short story at its versatile best: take a flying room, add a saurian, and see where they might take you."

The Fifth Mrs Brink: An interview with Karina Szczurek

Karina Magdalena Szczurek, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2017-09-07

"Love is everything. It is the most precious thing that we are capable of as humans."

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."

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