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The Pole by JM Coetzee: a review

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Books and writers 2024-01-24

"When he has a performance in Barcelona a middle-aged lady, Beatriz, who is a university lecturer, is assigned to care for him during his stay. He becomes obsessed with Beatriz, though she is married."

Revisiting Bloke Modisane, from Sophiatown to Gaza: #2 On violence, on history

Robin K Crigler Opinion 2024-01-23

"The question is ultimately a simple one: which groups of people has social media made it harder for you to see as fully human?"

Fresh off the press: How to fight a war by Mike Martin

LitNet Books and writers 2024-01-17

Has any war in history gone according to plan? Monarchs, dictators and elected leaders alike have a dismal record on military decision-making, from over-ambitious goals to disregarding intelligence, terrain, or enemy capabilities. Conflict scholar and former soldier Mike Martin takes the reader through the hard, elegant logic to fighting a conclusive interstate war that solves geopolitical problems and reduces future conflict.

Protection needed

Ena de Kock New writing 2024-01-17

"Somewhere a mother lifts
a hand to shade her eyes to look and
look again

down the long dusty street
for a son that will never
arrive again."

Revisiting Bloke Modisane, from Sophiatown to Gaza: #1 On pain

Robin K Crigler Opinion 2024-01-17

"We have no idea how things are ultimately going to look in the Holy Land, but I believe we can use Blame me on history as a text to think about the durability of the human spirit, how to be witnesses to pain, and how to be witnesses who are also implicated in that pain."

A path towards true humanity

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Opinion 2024-01-11

"I wonder where South Africa would have been, had countries like Cuba, Ireland, Zambia, Angola or the Scandinavian nations not supported us against the murderous National Party’s apartheid regime."

Rich state, poor state by Greg Mills: a review

Frans Rautenbach Books and writers 2024-01-10

"We have had this hugely informative, picturesque and colourful journey through the history and economics of the developing world. But where are we?"

What Maestro by Bradley Cooper did not show

Rory Riordan Film 2024-01-10

"Bradley Cooper has made a grand movie – such a pity it’s the wrong one."

African languages for a global audience: publishers, writers, and translators on the art of translation

Raphaël Thierry, Bhakti Shringarpure, Hannes Barnard, Tina Kover Books and writers 2024-01-10

In the video Bhakti Shringarpure, Hannes Barnard, Raphael Thierry and Tina Kover discuss translated literature.

Press release | Persverklaring: Die fel omstrede kroon van Edward II en Gaveston

LitNet Teater 2024-01-09

Performed in Afrikaans with English surtitles, this exciting drama is loosely based on Christopher Marlowe's Edward II of 1594. | Wat beteken dit om ’n kroon te dra en dan, hoe versoen jy as koning jou eie behoeftes met die verwagtinge van die adel en die gepeupel, asook dié van jou vrou en kind?

Black ghosts by Noo Saro-Wiwa: A review

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Books and writers 2024-01-09

"If, as an African in particular, you visit China or want to learn more comprehensively about the lives of Africans in China, buy Noo Saro-Wiwa’s Black ghosts. You can thank me later."

It’s always Friday somewhere in the universe by Joe Kitchen: a reader’s impression

Gerhard S (Nols) de Bruin Books and writers 2024-01-04

"In his genius way, and always with a satirical and humorous tongue in the cheek, the reader is not only confronted with – but also brought up to date with – the latest science and questions about the reality in which we live."

Press release: AVBOB Poetry, building a community of poets

LitNet Books and writers 2023-12-19

Apart from being a platform on which South Africans from all walks can express themselves, the AVBOB Poetry Library has become an essential resource for readers and writers of poetry, helping aspiring poets to learn their craft and sharpen their skills. In this way, the AVBOB Poetry Project is fostering a community of poets across the country.

Bridge by Lauren Beukes: a review

Laurette de Jager Books and writers 2023-12-18

"And then, a mother is necessarily also the bridge through which we enter this world. Every single one of us crossed that bridge to get here, irrespective of the relationships we may have with our mothers throughout the rest of our lives."

The Ecca group of poets launches The salt of being

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2023-12-18

"The group writes poetry, publishes an anthology and uses the money raised to fund their next anthology."

Press release: Liewe Heksie vang vis at The Baxter

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2023-12-14

The beloved Afrikaans children’s classic Liewe Heksie vang vis, performed by Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck, flies into The Baxter for a short season this summer from 13 to 21 December 2023 at 10:00 and 12:00.

LitNet | STAND: Theatre review workshop 2023 final mentor feedback | Kwanele Nyembe’s review of Around the fire

Tracey Saunders, Nkgopoleng Moloi Slypskole 2023-12-13

Here is the final round of feedback from the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop mentors: Tracy Saunders and Nkgopoleng Moloi react to the second version of Kwanele Nyembe’s theatre review.

LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop 2023 final mentor feedback | Klara van Rooyen’s review of Droomkraan-kronieke

Tracey Saunders, Nkgopoleng Moloi Slypskole 2023-12-13

Here is the final feedback from the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop mentors: Tracy Saunders and Nkgopoleng Moloi react to the second version of Klara van Rooyen’s theatre review.

LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop 2023 final mentor feedback | Jane Mpholo’s review of Ijoloba: The prophecy

Tracey Saunders, Nkgopoleng Moloi Slypskole 2023-12-13

Here is the final round of feedback from the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop mentors: Tracy Saunders and Nkgopoleng Moloi react to the second version of Jane Mpholo’s theatre review.

LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop 2023 final mentor feedback | Ignus Rademeyer’s review of Monsters

Tracey Saunders, Nkgopoleng Moloi Slypskole 2023-12-13

Here is the final feedback from the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop mentors: Tracy Saunders and Nkgopoleng Moloi react to the second version of Ignus Rademeyer’s theatre review.

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