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.

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

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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."

Karina Magdalena Szczurek se woord van die jaar 2015

Karina Magdalena Szczurek LitNet se Afrikaanse woord van die jaar 2016 2015-12-02

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The heart has spaces – the love letters of André Brink and Ingrid Jonker

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2015-11-18

Karina Magdalena Szczurek on André Brink and Ingrid Jonker: "No other woman in André’s life had left as indelible a mark on him as Ingrid. No other haunted me as much in the beginning of our relationship." 

Book review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2015-07-30

"Go Set a Watchman must be seen for what it is, a once discarded manuscript that is historically of enormous literary value as a long-lost cousin of its brilliant relative."

101 Detectives: Stories, and an interview with Ivan Vladislavić

Ivan Vladislavić, Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2015-07-21

On literary festivals:  “But in my experience their primary function is to entertain readers. They appeal mainly to regular book buyers, to the people who join book clubs."

Book review: The Death's Head Chess Club by John Donoghue

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2015-06-26

"Even if they are 'only' fiction, at the root of such [historical war - editor's note] novels is a reality where pure evil manifests in human form and, as Donoghue’s narrator notes, the voices of the dead 'clamour to be heard'. This is precisely why the task of imagining these stories bears a great responsibility and should not be undertaken lightly."

Review: Tales of the Metric System by Imraan Coovadia

Karina Magdalena Szczurek 2014-11-19 "'(N)ovels are more important than ever … because they enable us to exercise our minds … allow us to step back and see where the history is taking us.' Coovadia’s latest testifies not only to the truth of this statement, but also to so much more."

Review: Entanglement by Steven Boykey Sidley

Karina Magdalena Szczurek 2014-10-10 Professor Jared Borowitz observes that the trouble with the universe is that “it has tricks and unpleasant surprises and irritating little quirks, and refuses to be ordered.”

Review of Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and Daughter by Lyndall Gordon

Karina Magdalena Szczurek 2014-09-29 "Literary history has a tendency to focus on the great deeds of renowned men. Women’s lives often end up sinking like dresses in a lagoon, pushed down by the rudders of ignorance and neglect. Lyndall Gordon’s writing inflates them with life-saving breath which allows them to float and sparkle in the sunlight of recognition."

The Image of a Pie: Reflections on Open Book 2014

Karina Magdalena Szczurek 2014-09-25 "I should have started shedding tears at the beginning of the event, when the woman who is our national treasure, Sindiwe Magona, noticed that we were only a few people in the audience while the whole of South Africa should have been attending."