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In memoriam: Justin CartwrightOpinion 2018-12-18
"That was Cartwright's gift. A vein of laconic comedy runs through almost all his work which draws on his preoccupations with movies, advertising, American oddities as well as British pretensions and to which he gave exuberant rein in novels like Look at it This Way ..."
Video: Keynote and public lecture by Achille MbembeMenings 2018-12-14
Internationally acclaimed Achille Mbembe was a keynote speaker at the international conference Recognition, Reparation and Reconciliation: The light and shadow of historical trauma.
Video: Keynote lecture by Homi Bhabha – A memory of neighbours: On history and the afterlifeMenings 2018-12-14
"Internationally acclaimed Homi K Bhabha was the keynote speaker at the international conference Recognition, Reparation and Reconciliation: The light and shadow of historical trauma."
Poacher by Shuhood Abader and Kimon de Greef: a book reviewBooks and writers 2018-12-12
"The book exposes the inner workings of the poaching industry, laying bare the social structures that support the communities and people who participate."
Kyle Allan appointed editor of New CoinNew writing 2018-12-07
"Kyle also plans to build a stronger media presence for New Coin; to feature forgotten or under-rated poets from the past; and to publish poetry from other South African languages in English translation."
Widows tried to be too many thingsFilm 2018-12-06
"Widows tries to be a heist movie-cum-social drama, but does not deliver on either."
Tell me your story by Ruda Landman: a book reviewBooks and writers 2018-12-04
“Since the book is representative of all races, a variety of cultures, most religions and a fair range of age groups, the reader is treated to a number of colourful, multilayered views of our country.”
Anatoli by Tayfun Aras: a book reviewResensies 2018-11-29
Anatoli by Tayfun Aras is not only a recipe book. It is a mini-memoir of his creative culinary life and a hearty diary of this much-loved niche restaurant in Cape Town, which was established in 1984.
The Enumerations: an interview with Máire FisherBooks and writers 2018-11-28
"I like the idea of it being a whydunnit, but I really do hope that readers will land up liking Noah and understanding more about him. I think it’s really important that we see people as people, not as being defined by their conditions."
The enumerations by Máire Fisher: reader impressionBooks and writers 2018-11-28
"The enumerations is certainly a novel that I recommend to anyone, especially anyone with an interest in psychology and the issue of OCD."
Private life is bracingly funny and movingLifestyle and entertainment 2018-11-27
"The great thing about Private life is that it does not take sides. It shows you the couple’s total heartbreak and fatigue, but also that their obsession with having a baby is destroying their lives."
In Harmony: Cape Town Chamber Choir | Kaapstadse KamerkoorLifestyle and entertainment 2018-11-22
You are invited to the Cape Town Chamber Choir's In Harmony on Sunday the 25th of November 2018 at the Centre of the Book in Cape Town.
Afrikaans is a major African asset – Dele Olojede
The more we eliminate this diversity, the lesser we become, says Africa’s first Pulitzer Prize winner
What does Afrikaans mean in the context of Africa? And what can an institution such as Stellenbosch University gain, should it make work of ensuring there is no lesser place for it? Willem de Vries spoke to Dele Olojede, who has become a supporter of the campaign, Gelyke Kanse (Equal Opportunities).
Chatsworth by Pravasan Pillay: a book reviewBooks and writers 2018-11-22
"Set in the highly populated township of Chatsworth in KwaZulu-Natal, this collection of 11 short stories highlights working class life in a residential area that was allocated for South Africans of Indian descent during apartheid."
A star is born has a split personalityFilm 2018-11-21
"A star is born, apart from its faults, manages one thing deftly: to launch Lady Gaga’s acting career. (American horror story does not count.) She outshines (and outsings) the veterans in this film."
The theory of flight by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-11-15
"Imogen 'Genie' Zula Nyoni is a very special girl who grows into an incredible, defiant woman; her mother was a country and western singer, and her father was a freedom fighter who shot down an aeroplane during the war for liberation."
Jakes Gerwel Memorial lecture: Imagining a post-apartheid futureMenings 2018-11-14
"To realise our dream of a truly free, fair and equal society, we have to take action. And I think that at the heart of any action we take, we have to 'invest' in young people. They are the future, here and in the rest of Africa."
Postcolonial poetics: 21st-century critical readings by Elleke Boehmer: a reviewBooks 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 girl in the spider’s web – slick, but lacklustreFilm 2018-11-13
"Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The girl in the spider’s web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller."
Umhobe | AnthemNew writing 2018-11-07
"Lilo lodwa esithembele kulo | May our land be as pure as a dove ..."