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Writing Home - Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing (Paperback): Lindy Stibel, Michael Chapman Writing Home - Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing (Paperback)
Lindy Stibel, Michael Chapman
R345 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R60 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Lewis Nkosi's insights into South African literature, culture and society first appeared in the 1950s, when the `new' urban African in Sophiatown and on Drum magazine mockingly opposed then Prime Minister H.F. Verwoerd's Bantu retribalisation policies. Before his death in 2010, Nkosi focused on the literary-cultural challenges of post-Mandela times. Having lived for 40 years in exile, he returned to South Africa, intermittently, after the unbannings of 1990. His critical eye, however, never for long left the home scene. Hence, the title of this selection of his articles, essays and reviews, Writing Home. Writing home with wit, irony and moral toughness Nkosi assesses a range of leading writers, including Herman Charles Bosman, Breyten Breytenbach, J.M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Alex La Guma, Bloke Modisane, Es'kia Mphahlele, Nat Nakasa, Njabulo S. Ndebele, Alan Paton and Can Themba. Combining the journalist's penchant for the human-interest story with astute analysis, Nkosi's ideas, observations and insights are as fresh today as when he began his 60-year career as a writer and critic. Selected from his out-of-print collections, Home and Exile, The Transplanted Heart and Tasks and Masks, as well as from journals and magazines, Lewis Nkosi's punchy commentaries will appeal to a wide readership.

Sol Plaatje's Mhudi - History, Criticism, Celebration (Paperback): Sabata-Mpho Mokae, Brian Willan Sol Plaatje's Mhudi - History, Criticism, Celebration (Paperback)
Sabata-Mpho Mokae, Brian Willan
R290 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi is one of South Africa’s most famous novels.

First published in 1930, it is the first full-length novel by a black South African writer, and is widely read and studied in South African schools, colleges and universities. It has been translated into a number of different languages. Written over 30 years before Chinua Achebe’s famous Things Fall Apart, Mhudi is a pioneering African novel too, anticipating many of the themes with which Achebe and other writers from the African continent were concerned.

Mhudi has had a complicated history. Critics have been divided in their views, and there was a delay of ten years between the time Plaatje wrote the book and when it was published. A century on from when it was written, the time is now right to both celebrate its composition and to assess its meanings and legacy.

In this book, a distinguished cast of contributors explore the circumstances in which Mhudi was both written and published, what the critics have made of it, why it remains so relevant today. Chapters look at the eponymous feminist heroine of the novel and what she symbolizes, the role of history and oral tradition, the contentious question of language, the linguistic and stylistic choices that Plaatje made. In keeping with Mhudi’s capacity to inspire, this book also includes a poem and short story, specially written in order to pay tribute to both the book and its author.

Ouma's autumn (Paperback): Patricia Schonstein Pinnock Ouma's autumn (Paperback)
Patricia Schonstein Pinnock; Photographs by Donald Pinnock
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Beyond the Secret Garden - The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett (with a Foreword by Jacqueline Wilson) (Paperback): Ann Thwaite Beyond the Secret Garden - The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett (with a Foreword by Jacqueline Wilson) (Paperback)
Ann Thwaite
R275 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R74 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The definitive and revealing biography of the author of The Secret Garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett's favourite theme in her fiction was the reversal of fortune, and she herself knew extremes of poverty and wealth. Born in Manchester in 1849, she emigrated with her family to Tennessee because of the financial problems caused by the cotton famine. From a young age she published her stories to help the family make ends meet. Only after she married did she publish Little Lord Fauntleroy that shot her into literary stardom. On the surface, Frances' life was extremely successful: hosting regular literary salons in her home and travelling frequently between properties in the UK and America. But behind the colourful personal and social life, she was a complex and contradictory character. She lost both parents by her twenty-first birthday, Henry James called her "the most heavenly of women" although avoided her; prominent people admired her and there were many friendships as well as an ill-advised marriage to a much younger man that ended in heartache. Her success was punctuated by periods of depression, in one instance brought on by the tragic loss of her eldest son to consumption. Ann Thwaite creates a sympathetic but balanced and eye-opening biography of the woman who has enchanted numerous generations of children.

Die Siel Van Die Mier (Afrikaans, Paperback): Eugene N. Marais Die Siel Van Die Mier (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Eugene N. Marais; Edited by J C Kannemeyer
R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sedert die tweede druk van die tweede uitgawe in 1975 was Die siel van die mier egter slegs as ín skaars tweedehandse eksemplaar beskikbaar. Hierdie uitgawe is verryk deur ín inleidende besinning oor die vraag of Maeterlinck, die Belgiese Nobelpryswenner, Marais se teorie oor die termietnes as organiese eenheid oorgeneem het. Origens blyk dit uit die verskillende drukke en uitgawes hoe Afrikaans in die jare twintig van die twintigste eeu nog op weg was om ín wetenskaplike woordeskat te vind en die addendum bevat artikels wat vandag slegs met moeite uit ou tydskrifte en koerante opgediep kan word.

Paris, Part Time (Paperback): Lisa Baker Morgan Paris, Part Time (Paperback)
Lisa Baker Morgan
R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Vertelkunde (Afrikaans, Paperback): Andre P. Brink Vertelkunde (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Andre P. Brink
R110 Discovery Miles 1 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
A Different Way to Win - Dan Rooney's Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule (Hardcover): Jim Rooney A Different Way to Win - Dan Rooney's Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule (Hardcover)
Jim Rooney; Foreword by Joe Greene
R607 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Middlemarch (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): George Eliot Middlemarch (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
George Eliot; Edited by David Carroll; Introduction by David Russell
R287 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R50 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts' The greatest 'state of the nation' novel in English, Middlemarch addresses ordinary life at a moment of great social change, in the years leading to the Reform Act of 1832. Through her portrait of a Midlands town, George Eliot addresses gender relations and class, self-knowledge and self-delusion, community and individualism. Eliot follows the fortunes of the town's central characters as they find, lose, and rediscover ideals and vocations in the world. Through its psychologically rich portraits, the novel contains some of the great characters of literature, including the idealistic but naive Dorothea Brooke, beautiful and egotistical Rosamund Vincy, the dry scholar Edward Casaubon, the wise and grounded Mary Garth, and the brilliant but proud Dr Lydgate. In its whole view of a society, the novel offers enduring insight into the pains and pleasures of life with others, and explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life:. art, religion, science, politics, self, society, and, above all, human relationships. This edition uses the definitive Clarendon text.

Nature Via Nurture - Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human (Paperback, New ed): Matt Ridley Nature Via Nurture - Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human (Paperback, New ed)
Matt Ridley 2
R288 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R79 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Acclaimed author Matt Ridley's thrilling follow-up to his bestseller Genome. Armed with the extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, Ridley turns his attention to the nature versus nurture debate to bring the first popular account of the roots of human behaviour. What makes us who we are?In February 2001 it was announced that the genome contains not 100,000 genes as originally expected but only 30,000. This startling revision led some scientists to conclude that there are simply not enough human genes to account for all the different ways people behave: we must be made by nurture, not nature. Matt Ridley argues that the emerging truth is far more interesting than this myth. Nurture depends on genes, too, and genes need nurture. Genes not only predetermine the broad structure of the brain; they also absorb formative experiences, react to social cues and even run memory. after the discovery of the double helix of DNA, Nature via Nurture chronicles a new revolution in our understanding of genes. Ridley recounts the hundred years' war between the partisans of nature and nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature, the human being, can be simultaneously free-willed and motivated by instinct and culture. Nature via Nurture is an enthralling, up-to-the-minute account of how genes build brains to absorb experience.

Unbound - A Novel (Hardcover): Christopher Osborn Unbound - A Novel (Hardcover)
Christopher Osborn
R394 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R83 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Victor, a molecular biologist for more than forty years, is looking back over his life and his glittering career. His private lab, in North London, has been responsible for a number of key breakthroughs in the treatment of autoimmune diseases - particularly Multiple Sclerosis. But now Victor is self-medicating the drug, Telo, that promises to offer a cure for aging with the muted fervour of a high-functioning white-collar junkie. UNBOUND is a meditation on the brevity and beauty of life, a love letter to the arts, a series of open and very timely questions about the nature and future of mortality in the 21st century, and a distinctive literary reboot of the gothic novel.

Leo Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Liza Knapp Leo Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Liza Knapp
R127 R118 Discovery Miles 1 180 Save R9 (7%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

War and Peace and Anna Karenina are widely recognised as two of the greatest novels ever written. Their author, Leo Tolstoy, has been honoured as the father of the modern war story; as an innovator in psychological prose and forerunner of stream of consciousness; and as a genius at using fiction to reveal the mysteries of love and death. At the time of his death in 1910, Tolstoy was known the world over as both a great writer and as a merciless critic of institutions that perpetrated, bred, or tolerated injustice and violence in any form. Yet among literary critics and rival writers, it has become a commonplace to disparage Tolstoy's "thought" while praising his "art." In this Very Short Intorduction Liza Knapp explores the heart of Tolstoy's work. Focussing on his masterpieces of fiction which have stood the test of time, she analyses his works of non-fiction alongside them, and sketches out the core themes in Tolstoy's art and thought, and the interplay between them. Tracing the continuing influence of Tolstoy's work on modern literature, Knapp highlights those aspects of his writings that remain relevant today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Reading: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Belinda Jack Reading: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Belinda Jack
R263 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R79 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Today many people take reading for granted, but we remain some way off from attaining literacy for the global human population. And whilst we think we know what reading is, it remains in many ways a mysterious process, or set of processes. The effects of reading are myriad: it can be informative, distracting, moving, erotically arousing, politically motivating, spiritual, and much, much more. At different times and in different places reading means different things. In this Very Short Introduction Belinda Jack explores the fascinating history of literacy, and the opportunities reading opens. For much of human history reading was the preserve of the elite, and most reading meant being read to. Innovations in printing, paper-making, and transport, combined with the rise of public education from the late eighteenth century on, brought a dramatic rise in literacy in many parts of the world. Established links between a nation's levels of literacy and its economy led to the promotion of reading for political ends. But, equally, reading has been associated with subversive ideas, leading to censorship through multiple channels: denying access to education, controlling publishing, destroying libraries, and even the burning of authors and their works. Indeed, the works of Voltaire were so often burned that an enterprising Parisian publisher produced a fire-proof edition, decorated with a phoenix. But, as Jack demonstrates, reading is a collaborative act between an author and a reader, and one which can never be wholly controlled. Telling the story of reading, from the ancient world to digital reading and restrictions today, Belinda Jack explores why it is such an important aspect of our society. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Native American Stories (Paperback): Joseph Bruchac, Michael J Caduto Native American Stories (Paperback)
Joseph Bruchac, Michael J Caduto; As told by Joseph Bruchac
R383 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R72 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collection of Native American tales and myths focusing on the relationship between man and nature.

Crime and Punishment (Paperback): Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
Fyodor Dostoevsky; Translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater; Edited by Sarah J Young
R257 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R73 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'One death, in exchange for thousands of lives - it's simple arithmetic!' A new translation of Dostoevsky's epic masterpiece, Crime and Punishment (1866). The impoverished student Raskolnikov decides to free himself from debt by killing an old moneylender, an act he sees as elevating himself above conventional morality. Like Napoleon he will assert his will and his crime will be justified by its elimination of 'vermin' for the sake of the greater good. But Raskolnikov is torn apart by fear, guilt, and a growing conscience under the influence of his love for Sonya. Meanwhile the police detective Porfiry is on his trail. It is a powerfully psychological novel, in which the St Petersburg setting, Dostoevsky's own circumstances, and contemporary social problems all play their part.

The Twice-Chang'D Friar (Hardcover): Siobhan Keenan The Twice-Chang'D Friar (Hardcover)
Siobhan Keenan
R1,150 R1,058 Discovery Miles 10 580 Save R92 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Twice-Chang'd Friar is one of four early seventeenth-century plays preserved in a manuscript miscellany in the library of the Newdigate family of Arbury Hall, Nuneaton (Arbury Hall MS A414). The play, which appears to have been written by family member and drama lover John Newdigate III, is thought to be unique to this manuscript. This edition makes the play available in print for the first time. The Twice Chang'd Friar is an Italianate city comedy based on a tale from Boccaccio's Decameron. It tells the story of Albert, a friar who seduces Lisetta, a beautiful Venetian merchant's wife by persuading her that he is the incarnation of Cupid. Albert's plot is eventually uncovered by Lisetta's brothers, whom he escapes by disguising himself in a bear's skin. The play is a fascinating example of an amateur manuscript drama, of interest to all scholars and students of early modern drama. -- .

Catafalque (Hardcover): Peter Kingsley Catafalque (Hardcover)
Peter Kingsley
R1,859 Discovery Miles 18 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sleeping With the Lights On - The Unsettling Story of Horror (Hardcover): Darryl Jones Sleeping With the Lights On - The Unsettling Story of Horror (Hardcover)
Darryl Jones 1
R291 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R59 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Four o'clock in the morning, and the lights are on and still there's no way we're going to sleep, not after the film we just saw. The book we just read. Fear is one of the most primal human emotions, and one of the hardest to reason with and dispel. So why do we scare ourselves? It seems almost mad that we would frighten ourselves for fun, and yet there are thousands of books, films, games, and other forms of entertainment designed to do exactly that. As Darryl Jones shows, the horror genre is huge. Ranging from vampires, ghosts, and werewolves to mad scientists, Satanists, and deranged serial killers, the cathartic release of scaring ourselves has made its appearance in everything from Shakespearean tragedies to internet memes. Exploring the key tropes of the genre, including its monsters, its psychological chills, and its love affair with the macabre, Darryl Jones discusses why horror stories disturb us, and how society responds to literary and film representations of the gruesome and taboo. Should the enjoyment of horror be regarded with suspicion? Are there different levels of the horrific, and should we distinguish between the commonly reviled carnage of contemporary torture porn and the culturally acceptable bloodbaths of ancient Greek tragedies? Analysing the way in which horror manifests multiple personalities, and has been used throughout history to articulate the fears and taboos of the current generation, Jones considers the continuing evolution of the genre today. As horror is mass marketed to mainstream society in the form of romantic vampires and blockbuster hits, it also continues to maintain its former shadowy presence on the edges of respectability, as banned films and violent internet phenomena push us to question both our own preconceptions and the terrifying capacity of human nature.

Oman Reborn - Balancing Tradition and Modernization (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015): Linda Pappas Funsch Oman Reborn - Balancing Tradition and Modernization (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015)
Linda Pappas Funsch
R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Sultanate of Oman is one of the few "good news" stories to have emerged from the Middle East in recent memory. This book traces the narrative of a little-known and relatively stable Arab country whose history of independence, legacy of interaction with diverse cultures, and enlightened modern leadership have transformed it in less than fifty years from an isolated medieval-style potentate to a stable, dynamic, and largely optimistic country. At the heart of this fascinating story is Oman's sultan, Qaboos bin Sa'id, friend to both East and West, whose unique leadership style has resulted in both domestic and foreign policy achievements during more than four decades in office. Exploring Oman from a historical perspective, Funsch examines how the country's unique blend of tradition and modernization has enabled it to succeed while others in the region have failed. Accounts of the author's own experiences with Oman's transformation add rich layers of depth, texture, and personality to the narrative.

Rediscovery of the Ordinary - Essays on South African Literature and Culture (Paperback): Njabulo Ndebele Rediscovery of the Ordinary - Essays on South African Literature and Culture (Paperback)
Njabulo Ndebele
R210 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R36 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Njabulo S. Ndebele's essays on South African literature and culture initially appeared in various publications in the 1980s. They encompass a period of trauma, defiance, and change the decade of the collapse of apartheid and the challenge of reconstructing a future. In 1991, the essays were collected under the current title of Rediscovery of the Ordinary: Essays on South African Literature and Culture. Here, this collection is reprinted without revision, together with an interview provoked by Albie Sachs paper Preparing Ourselves for Freedom. That it is possible to republish the essays without revision so many years after their first appearance is a tribute to Ndebele's prescience. The issues that he raises and the questions that he poses remain key to a people who, after apartheid, have started to rediscover the complex ordinariness of living in a civil society.

Language and Negativity in European Modernism (Hardcover): Shane Weller Language and Negativity in European Modernism (Hardcover)
Shane Weller
R1,893 R1,761 Discovery Miles 17 610 Save R132 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book charts the history of a distinct strain of European literary modernism that emerged out of a radical re-engagement with late nineteenth-century language scepticism. Focusing first on the literary and philosophical strands of this language-sceptical tradition, the book proceeds to trace the various forms of linguistic negativism deployed by European writers in the interwar and post-war years, including Franz Kafka, Georges Bataille, Samuel Beckett, Maurice Blanchot, Paul Celan, and W. G. Sebald. Through close analyses of these and other writers' attempts to capture an 'unspeakable' experience, Language and Negativity in European Modernism explores the remarkable literary attempt to deploy the negative potentialities of language in order to articulate an experience of what, shortly after the Second World War, Beckett described as a vision of 'humanity in ruins'.

The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom - Three Necessary Arguments (Paperback): Michael Berube, J. Ruth The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom - Three Necessary Arguments (Paperback)
Michael Berube, J. Ruth
R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is a lively, passionate defence of contemporary work in the humanities, and, beyond that, of the university system that makes such work possible. The book's stark accounts of academic labour, and its proposals for reform of the tenure system, are novel, controversial, timely, and very necessary.

Animal Farm (Paperback, 50th anniversary ed): George Orwell Animal Farm (Paperback, 50th anniversary ed)
George Orwell 2
R199 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R38 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Revisit Orwell's classic satire "Animal Farm"
As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As readers witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, they begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization--and in the most charismatic leaders, the souls of the cruelest oppressors.

The Poetry Toolkit - The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Rhian Williams The Poetry Toolkit - The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Rhian Williams
R580 R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Save R47 (8%) In stock

Now thoroughly revamped with a diverse selection of poetic voices from the last fifty years, this third edition of Rhian Williams's bestselling book, The Poetry Toolkit guides readers through key terms, genres and concepts that help them to develop a richer, more sophisticated approach to reading, thinking and writing about poetry. Combining an easy-to-use reference format with in-depth practice readings and further exercises, the book helps students master the study of poetry for themselves. As well as featuring more contemporary voices, the 3rd edition of The Poetry Toolkit includes an expanded practical section giving guidance on close reading, comparative reading and advice on writing critically about poetry. In addition, the book is accompanied by a companion website offering audio recordings of poetry readings, weblinks and overviews of key theoretical approaches to support advanced study. Head to bloomsbury.com/Williams-the-poetry-toolkit for a host of additional resources.

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense (Paperback): Linda Landrigan Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense (Paperback)
Linda Landrigan
R539 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R75 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For over fifty years, Alfred Hitchcock 's Mystery Magazine has been one of the foremost magazines of mystery and suspense. This celebratory anthology features such bestselling writers as Lawrence Block, Ed McBain, and Jan Burke, just three of the esteemed contributors to have appeared in the magazine 's pages over the past five decades. This impressive anthology reflects the diversity of every issue of the magazine: historicals and police procedurals, cozies and noirs, humor and suspense. From Jim Thompson in the fifties and Donald Westlake in the sixties, to recent stories by S. J. Rozan, Martin Limon, and Rhys Bowen, this anthology documents over a half century of superb storytelling.

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