world cup of writers – south africa

I VE TIMED THIS POST TO COME OUT JUST AS THE FIRST MATCH KICKS OFF THE WORLD CUP IS UNDER WAY ,

THE WRITERS –

There are a number of south african writers i ve read over the years but in thinking of this post i realised they were all white even thou most protested against apartheid at the time and lived in exile ,i want to discover a new voice from south africa so i did some research and came up with – firstly Yvette Christanse who escaped apartheid via Swaziland then australia now living in N.Y.C ,sibusiso Nyembezi his the rich man of Pietermaritzburg is consider a classic of Zulu fiction .some writers I ve read include Nadime Gordimer her books are fairly tough to read ,J M Coetzee the multiple booker winner is probably south african most well-known writer my favourite of his is life and times of Michael K ,Damon Galgut is a great new voice i discovered recently .I also have a novel from archipelago books by the well-known Afrikaners writer Breyten  breytenbach .Any suggestions welcome

COETZEE

 

world cup memories –

I remember there being much fanfare when south africa being allowed back into world football as many people saw them as the first african team to win the world cup i do see them being one of three that may the other two being Ghana and Ivory Coast ,now memories of south africa at world cup ,is the really close came against spain in 2002 where they lost 3 -2 but pushed spain all the way in 2002 they scored a great win over Slovenia ,Lucas Radabe was a cult hero to Leeds fans leading to the Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs calling themselves after Lucas’s old south african club .

S A TEAM

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amymckie
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 19:16:43

    Some great writers mentioned. I haven’t read many but am looking forward to reading books by a few of them later this year.

    Reply

  2. Heather
    Jun 15, 2010 @ 13:35:11

    HI Stu, Amy at Amy Reads suggested I visit your blog as I have posted a list of suggested reads for the countries participating in the World Cup. I have linked in with your reviews of South Africa and England and will follow along as you post further writers and countries.

    Reply

  3. Heather
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 02:16:09

    Hi Stu,
    Thanks for your wonderful suggestions, I have added a few more authors and their books to the list. Getting close to entries for each country. Will check the other blogs that you suggested.

    Reply

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