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"Wicomb deserves a wide American audience, on a part with Nadine ...
"Wicomb deserves a wide American audience, on a part with Nadine Gordimer and J.M.Coetzee." - Wall St. Journal
Wicomb is a gifted writer, and her compressed narratives work like brilliant splinters in the mind, suggesting a rich rhythm and shape."-Seattle Times
"[Wicomb's] prose is vigorous, textured, lyrical. . . . [She] is a sophisticated storyteller who combines the open-endedness of contemporary fiction with the force of autobiography and the simplicity of family stories."-Bharati Mukherjee, New York Times Book Review
For course use in: African literature, African studies, growing up female, world literature, women's studies
Zoe Wicomb was born in 1948 and raised in Namaquland, South Africa. After 20 years voluntary exile, she returned to South Africa in 1991 to teach at the University of the Western Cape. She currently lives in Glasgow and teaches at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Marcia Wright is professor of history at Columbia University and a member of the executive committee for the Women Writing Africa series. Carol Sicherman is professor emerita of English at Lehman College, CUNY.
Posted January 31, 2000
In his book, Reinventing a Continent, which is a compilation of essays by Andre Brink (with an introduction by Nelson Mandela), Brink remarks that this is an excellent book. Unfortunately, I have to order it and wait since I'm in the US. I am reminded that it takes time for international books to come across to us in the States. So, I am looking forward to reading this novel by a well-praised South African writer. It's true in a way--you can't get lost in Cape Town (certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world). Table Mountain is so huge, all you need to do is orient yourself to that and the sun, and there you are!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2008
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