Mafeking Road

Author: Herman Charles Bosman

Publisher: Archipelago

ISBN: 1935744518

Category: Fiction

Page: 201

View: 1680

These slyly simple stories of the unforgiving South African Transvaal reveal a little-described (and rarely romanticized) world of Afrikaner life in the late 19th Century. Like our own Mark Twain, Herman Charles Bosman wields a laughing intolerance of foolishness and prejudice, a dazzling use of wit and clear- sighted judgment. Spun by the plainclothes local visionary and storyteller Oom Shalk Lourens, these moving and satirical glimpses of lethargic herdsmen, ambitious concertina players, legendary leopards and mambas, and love-struck dreamers lay bare immense emotions, contradictions, and mysteries within the smallest movements and unadorned talk of the Groot Marico District. Leading oral tradition by the hand into a territory all his own, Bosman maps a world at once lucid and layered, distant yet powerfully familiar.

Mafeking Road and Other Stories

Author: Herman Charles Bosman,Craig MacKenzie

Publisher: Human & Rosseau

ISBN: 9780798139021

Category: Marico River Region (Botswana and South Africa)

Page: 151

View: 9627


The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945

Author: Gareth Cornwell,Dirk Klopper,Craig Mackenzie

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231503814

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 1076

From the outset, South Africa's history has been marked by division and conflict along racial and ethnic lines. From 1948 until 1994, this division was formalized in the National Party's policy of apartheid. Because apartheid intruded on every aspect of private and public life, South African literature was preoccupied with the politics of race and social engineering. Since the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990, South Africa has been a new nation-in-the-making, inspired by a nonracial idealism yet beset by poverty and violence. South African writers have responded in various ways to Njabulo Ndebele's call to "rediscover the ordinary." The result has been a kaleidoscope of texts in which evolving cultural forms and modes of identity are rearticulated and explored. An invaluable guide for general readers as well as scholars of African literary history, this comprehensive text celebrates the multiple traditions and exciting future of the South African voice. Although the South African Constitution of 1994 recognizes no fewer than eleven official languages, English has remained the country's literary lingua franca. This book offers a narrative overview of South African literary production in English from 1945 to the postapartheid present. An introduction identifies the most interesting and noteworthy writing from the period. Alphabetical entries provide accurate and objective information on genres and writers. An appendix lists essential authors published before 1945.

The Heinemann Book of South African Short Stories

Author: Denis Hirson,Martin Trump

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435906726

Category: Afrikaans fiction

Page: 248

View: 2845

The issue of apartheid pervades this vibrant collection of 27 South African short stories written between 1945 and 1992.

The Complete Oom Schalk Lourens Stories

Author: Herman Charles Bosman

Publisher: Human & Rosseau

ISBN: 9780798146760

Category: Lourens, Oom Schalk (Fictitious character)

Page: 424

View: 6417

In one volume for the first time, the entire sequence of Bosman's famous Oom Schalk Lourens stories. Edited from authoritative sources, and accompanied by original illustrations, this gathering represents a feast of South Africa's best-loved tales. The sixty pieces include all-time favourites like In the Withaak's Shade, Makapan's Caves and Willem Prinsloo's Peach Brandy, the Boer War classics Mafeking Road and The Rooinek, as well as several lesser-known treasures.

Unter Buschniggern

Author: Edgar Wallace

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533408464


Page: 276

View: 9195

Das Werk "Unter Buschniggern" ist ein Afrikaroman von Edgar Wallace.

Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists

Author: Tim Woods

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134709919

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

View: 1383

Taking in novelists from all over the globe, from the beginning of the century to the present day, this is the most comprehensive survey of the leading lights of twentieth century fiction. Superb breadth of coverage and over 800 entries by an international team of contributors ensures that this fascinating and wide-ranging work of reference will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in modern fiction. Authors included range from Joseph Conrad to Albert Camus and Franz Kafka to Chinua Achebe. Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists gives a superb insight into the richness and diversity of the twentieth century novel.

Unto Dust and Other Stories

Author: Herman Charles Bosman

Publisher: Human & Rosseau

ISBN: 9780798142779

Category: South Africa

Page: 142

View: 5021


Tage ohne Wetter


Author: John Barth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783833301223


Page: 253

View: 7499


The Portobello Road

Author: Muriel Spark,Peter Naujack

Publisher: PONS

ISBN: 9783125615410


Page: 95

View: 1551


Life Sentence

A Biography of Herman Charles Bosman

Author: Stephen Gray

Publisher: Human & Rosseau

ISBN: 9780798144841

Category: Authors, South African

Page: 382

View: 7095

This is the absorbing (and often shocking) story of the life of the most famous and best loved writer in South Africa of the first half of the twentieth century. Bosman was born in the Cape in 1905, schooled in Johannesburg and trained as a teacher, then sent to a backveld school - the people he met there and the observations he made were the source for the stories in his bestselling Mafeking Road. After a sensational trial, found guilty of murdering his step-brother in cold blood, he served his term in Pretoria Central Prison - the source of his classic Cold Stone Jug. During his years of exile in Paris and London and when he returned to South Africa to make a popular career as a sly commentator, he produced A cask of Jerepigo. Before his untimely death in 1951, he became the country's best loved humorist. In this biography Bosman's extraordinary career is reconstructed from documents and his papers, to present the most revealing and explicit portrait of South Africa's most controversial author. Gray's investigation has thrown new light on many aspects of Bosman's life - some of his outrageous actions will astound his many faithful readers. Bosman himself ) with which Gray at times paints this fuller-than-ever-before portrait of his subject.

Ramoutsa Road

Author: Herman Charles Bosman

Publisher: Ad Donker Publishers


Category: Short stories, South African (English)

Page: 165

View: 3527

This book is representative of the entire spectrum of the writing of Herman Charles Bosman over a period of 30 years. Many of the stories were rescued from long-forgotten magazines and journals and were published in a book for the first time. There are Oom Schalk Lourens stories, veld stories, a prison story and some 'In the Voorkarner' pieces, which were originally written for the now defunct The Forum. This selection was complied by Valerie Rosenberg, who also provided an introduction and notes relating to each story. Ramoutsa Road is indeed vintage Bosman.

My Life and Opinions

Author: Herman Charles Bosman

Publisher: Human & Rosseau

ISBN: 9780798143547

Category: Authors, South African

Page: 208

View: 3685

Although Bosman wrote no formal life history, this collection of his writing contains all the autobiographical pieces he wished to become known u from his Cape childhood and his Johannesburg education as a teacher, through to his career as a freelance journalist in exile in London and back home during and after World War Two. Included from the available historical records is his passionate self-defence from the dock when, in 1926, he was convicted of murder, with several spirited prison souvenirs freshly recovered. A selection of his private letters is also published here for the first time, together with a broadcast confession. Because his commitment to advancing the cause of literature in South Africa was inseparable from his personality, many of his critical pieces expressing his thinking are here as well. These serve to complete the portrait in his own words of South Africa's greatest humorist.