Running Towards Us

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In Running Towards Us, 31 contemporary authors offer literary responses to the end of apartheid, demonstrating what the creative imagination in South Africa has to offer at the turn of the 21st century. This book imaginatively presents art-making at the interface of contested narratives of the past and the present.
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Overview

In Running Towards Us, 31 contemporary authors offer literary responses to the end of apartheid, demonstrating what the creative imagination in South Africa has to offer at the turn of the 21st century. This book imaginatively presents art-making at the interface of contested narratives of the past and the present.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Running towards Us indeed! The contributors to Isabel Balseiro's collection of creative writing from post-apartheid South Africa bring out an urgency, a sense of direction, and a compelling engagement for their readers, "us," a renewed version of the spirit that once animated the anti-apartheid movement and now inspired the impetus toward a new global political and cultural formation at the turn of the century.”–Barbara Harlow, Professor in the English Department, University of TexasAustin

“A lively collection that brings together new and established writers. For a sense of the temper of the times in South Africa, this is the book to read.”–J.M. Coetzee, Author of The Life and Times of Michael K and Disgrace

“This magnificent anthology of South African writing includes both fiction and poetry, both established writers and new voices; it captures the rich diversity of post-Apartheid writing and defies homogenizing labels; it is essential reading for all interested in postcolonial literatures.”–Zoe Wicomb, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

“This magnificent anthology of South African writing includes both fiction and poetry, both established writers and new voices; it captures the rich diversity of post-Apartheid writing and defies homogenizing labels; it is essential reading for all interested in postcolonial literatures.”–Zoe Wicomb University of Strathclyde, Scotland Author of You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town

From The Critics
Running Towards Us presents new writings from South Africa from both established and new writers, revealing new subjects and concerns from writers who are now beyond the focus on apartheid. How does one define history and plan for the future? This turns to accepted masters of South African literature and new voices to consider changed themes and perceptions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325002118
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 5/15/2000
  • Series: Studies in African Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabel Balseiro is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvey Mudd College, The Claremont Colleges, in California. Her work has been published in journals in the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Africa. She is currently editing an anthology on South African cinema and a book on Caribbean literature and culture.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Running towards Us, Jeremy Cronin

Marilyn's Dress, Graeme Friedman

Memory, Chris van Wyk

The Women Sing, Luvuyo Mkangelwa

I'm retelling a womanburning, Roshila Nair

Spiral Child, Louise Green

Homeland Banter, Pumla Dineo Gqola

The Awakening of Katie Fortuin, Finuala Dowling

The Puddle, Immanuel Suttner

Mind-Reader, Maureen Isaacson

moni, Seitlhamo Motsapi

At the Commission, Ingrid de Kok

Mending, Ingrid de Kok

TRC Stories: It Gets under the Skin, Heidi Grunebaum-Ralph

Truth Commission, Joan Metelerkamp

The Devil, Achmat Dangor

Emotions and the Delegates, Jonathan Grossman

What's in a Name, Bernadette Muthien

Je To Mozny, Edward Lurie

The Day of the Boycott, Felicity Wood

The WHITES ONLY Bench, Ivan Vladislavic

land, Antjie Krog

Recognition, David Medalie

Excerpt from "Freedom Lament and Song", Mongane Wally Serote

Fragments from the Life of Norman Rubarto Paul Mason

This Carting Life, Rustum Kozain

The Naked Song, Mandla Langa

Telegraph to the Sky, Sandile Dikeni

Rituals for Martha, Zachariah Rapola

Habari Gani Africa Ranting, Lesego Rampolokeng

Tiresias in the City of Heroes, Karen Press

Eternity is a Hell of a Thing to Waste, Natasha Distiller

Glossary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2001

    Brilliant

    Poetry and short stories, the best contemporary South Africa has to offer. I enjoyed this book enormously.

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