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By Christopher Heywood

This 2004 booklet is a severe examine of South African literature, from colonial and pre-colonial occasions onwards. Christopher Heywood discusses chosen poems, performs and prose works in 5 literary traditions: Khoisan, Nguni-Sotho, Afrikaans, English, and Indian. The dialogue comprises over a hundred authors and chosen works, together with poets from Mqhayi, Marais and Campbell to Butler, Serote and Krog, theatre writers from Boniface and Black to Fugard and Mda, and fiction writers from Schreiner and Plaatje to Bessie Head and the Nobel prizewinners Gordimer and Coetzee. The literature is explored within the environment of crises resulting in the formation of contemporary South Africa, significantly the increase and fall of the Emperor Shaka's Zulu nation, the Colenso obstacle, industrialisation, the colonial and post-colonial wars of 1899, 1914, and 1939, and the dissolution of apartheid society. In Heywood's 2004 research, South African literature emerges as one of the nice literatures of the trendy world.

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