In 1987, Sibi Makhale is allowed to visit her dying father in the maximum security prison of Robben Island. The daughter of banned parents, Sibi comes face to face with two suspicious and frightened white schoolteachers resident on the island. It will prove to be a life-changing experience for all of them. Over two decades later, Sibi returns to the Island – now a World Heritage Site – with her two born-free sons. It is an attempt at closure for her, an adventure for her boys, and for the reader a remarkable journey back from the dark past. Panorama celebrates the people who through their shared passion for a beloved country managed to communicate and even laugh with each other in spite of fear, guilt and prejudice. This story about South Africa’s yesterday and today is inspired by Pieter-Dirk Uys’s internationally acclaimed play, Panorama.
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The first large collection of poems since his Shelley Cinema of 2006 and the anthology, Invitation to a Voyage: French-Language Poetry of the Indian Ocean African Islands, both launched at the Poetry Africa Festival in Durban, and his slim volume, Taking Off of 2012.
Rough Passage brings together poems published in English-language journals in four continents, including for the first time his sequence, ‘Letters from America’, written while a fellow at the Norton Island Residency Program of Maine.
Also included is his performance poem, ‘Interview with the Last Speaker’, which was influential in 2007 in winning him the Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Arts and Culture for his contribution to poetry in Africa.
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Five Lives at Noon follows a generation of young South Africans turning 30 during the turbulent years from the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 to the day of the first democratic election in 1994.
A young white man and a young black woman return from exile in London; a human rights lawyer searches for a missing comrade and his own redemption; and an ex-South African Defence Force soldier descends into the carnage of the civil war in KwaZulu-Natal. Their lives will be set on an inevitable, but unexpected, collision course.
Five Lives at Noon ventures into the very heart of the civil war and to KwaZulu Natal, the crucible in which the new South Africa was forged. As South Africa marks 20 years since the advent of democracy, these five lives uncover the price paid for that political settlement.
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