352pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2018
First published in the USA in 2018.
Features essays on the work of Bessie Head, Nadime Gordimer, Njabulo Ndebele and J.M. Coetzee, as well as on a range of cultural and political topics, including gender politics, sexuality, race, identity, nationalism, the visual arts and Nelson Mandela.
Includes an interview with Zoë Wicomb and an introduction, "Zoë Wicomb's South African essays: intertextual ethics, translative possibilities, and the claims of discursive variety" by Andrew van der Vlies.
" Zoë Wicomb's novels, short-story collections, and essays have done more than those of any other South African writer and critic to illuminate the discursive complexities of South African race, class, and gender politics and to explore the literary possibilities of their subversion. This excellent edition of her essays, produced by a foremost scholar of South African writing, includes an enlightening introduction and notes, as well as an interview with Wicomb." Dorothy Driver, University of Adelaide and University of Cape Town
"This is a long-overdue collection of essays by one of South Africa's finest writers and critics. Zoë Wicomb has a trenchant, singular voice: her style is brilliant, her intellect fierce, her ideas always bracing. Wicomb views the politics and literature of her home country from unexpected angles that invariably compel the reader, too, to consider them anew." Mark Gevisser, author of Lost and Found in Johannesburg
Zoë Wicomb is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Strathclyde and was an inaugural recipient of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize. She is the author of the novels October, Playing in the Light and David's Story and the short-story collections You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town and The One That Got Away.
Andrew van der Vlies is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Postcolonial Studies at Queen Mary University of London and Extraordinary Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape.