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Finding my way: Reflections on South African literature by Duncan Brown – a book review

Kris van der Bijl Books and writers 2020-10-14

"Brown’s text reminds one of the special and continuous role that literature plays when one seeks to relate to the world one exists in. The book highlights how literature is that which is continuously imagining, connecting, exposing, blurring and knowing."

Night in Corona City

Elana Bregin New writing 2020-10-08

"In the beginning, we obeyed whatever they said. Everything we heard about this unknown virus was terrifying. How unstoppable it was. How it could leap from person to person like contagious lightning. How slim the chances were of surviving it. How horrible the death that resulted. The human race had no immunity ..."

Nuwe boeke | New releases | Penguin Random House SA

Penguin Random House South Africa PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-10-07

Penguin Random House South Africa stel hulle Oktober-boeke bekend. | Penguin Random House South Africa presents their October releases.

LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Breath of law" by Inga Ntantala

Inga Ntantala New writing 2020-10-06

"In this world, each person is protected by an armour of rights, and all who infringe shall face the smite of justice for their transgression."

Fresh off the press: Hidden Pretoria by Johan Swart and Alain Proust

LitNet PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-10-02

This book captures remnants of our diverse heritage so that a new generation might recognise the need to embrace the past in order to build our shared future.

Prisoner 913: The release of Nelson Mandela by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2020-10-01

"A detailed and intricately plotted reconstruction of the actions surrounding the eventual release of Nelson Mandela from prison, Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet’s Prisoner 913 has some of the attributes of a good political or contemporary historical thriller – atmosphere, suspense, intrigue, surprise and double-dealing."

Teenage bounty hunters – an unexpected oddity

Reney Warrington Film 2020-10-01

"Sure, season one might not have been an integrated whole, but it serves as the perfect warm-up for something darker, edgier and more out there. Count me in."

Kortlys bekend vir Helgaard Steyn-prys vir Skryfkuns | Helgaard Steyn Award for Literature shortlist announced

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2020-09-28

Vanjaar se toekenning word gemaak vir skryfkuns, en enige Afrikaanse werk – fiksie of niefiksie – wat tussen 2016 en 2019 verskyn het ... kom in aanmerking.

Fresh off the press: The lie of 1652 by Patric Tariq Mellett

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-25

In this radical critique of established pre-colonial and colonial history, Mellet centres land dispossession, the destruction of livelihoods and the brutality of slavery in South Africa.

Achmat Dangor: 1948–2020

Mike Nicol In memoriam 2020-09-24

"For 50 years, Achmat Dangor was one of the constant voices of South African literature, a voice that told what it was to live in apartheid South Africa and in the new country as it struggled to gain an identity."

British Settlers and South African identity

Rodney Warwick Opinion 2020-09-23

"But the English language’s South African origins obviously have emphatic historical roots, with the language arriving via historical processes and people with a culture manifested in innumerable forms, most long shared across communities from origins other than British. Like Hermann Giliomee has explained in his magisterial Die Afrikaners, people are entitled to their historical story, warts and all."

Finding architectural heritage in Hidden Pretoria

Penguin Random House South Africa Books and writers 2020-09-22

The architectural heritage of Pretoria embodies the interaction between people, place and politics that shaped the city over time within its particular historical and geographical context. Hidden Pretoria places the buildings of our capital city in the spotlight. Although Pretoria often receives less attention than Cape Town and Johannesburg, its architecture is equally remarkable and its history is central to the broader South African narrative.

Press release: Adapt or fly! on Heritage Day

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-09-17

In a time of depression, recession, fear and social distancing, what is better and more healing than a good laugh at the expense of those who depress, recess, frighten and annoy us? Book your tickets at Quicket.

First sip: Women in solitary by Shanthini Naidoo

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-17

"Here, political prisoners were kept among murderers and thieves. It was large enough for prisoners to disappear, particularly in the maze of solitary cells reserved for political detainees."

Seen elsewhere: "The upside of lockdown"

Sonia Cabano Elders gesien 2020-09-14

"Well, the upside of a long and very traumatic period of lockdown, extreme isolation and separation for all of us is that my children have both finally returned home, have learned to cook and clean properly after themselves, and have not only learned to shop sensibly for good, proper ingredients, but know what to do with them."

Press release: Cradock video series promotes resilience in tough times

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-09-11

As a valuable aid for teachers struggling to keep their students engaged throughout the hardships of COVID-19, filming is underway in Cradock for a 12-part video series promoting creativity, critical thinking and communication in virtual classrooms across South Africa.

First sip: Prisoner 913 by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-09

In 2013, historian Jan-Ad Stemmet opened a box at the Archive for Contemporary Affairs at the University of the Free State and realised he had found a collection of documents that would rewrite the story of Nelson Mandela’s release.


Ryk Brink New writing 2020-09-08

"The days, bursting with purpose, 
now linger 
between the hours 
of empty sunrises" 

Achmat Dangor: From LitNet’s archives

Jean Meiring Books and writers 2020-09-07

Achmat Dangor passed away on 6 September 2020. Below, LitNet shares an article that was published in October 2004 on LitNet titled "Tasting the sweet fruit of literary success".

PRH | LAPA | Nuwe fiksie | New fiction

LitNet PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-04

Penguin Random House en LAPA se nuwe fiksie is bekendgestel. | Announcing new fiction from Penguin Random House and LAPA.