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Tag Archives | Sol Plaatje

Jenny’s Reads: Pan-African Writing and Great Local Reads

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A little over a month ago I interviewed Exclusive Books’ CEO Benjamin Trisk. He’s an amusing lunch and dinner partner and sniffs out good wines like a hungry terrier. But it wasn’t the wines or the food that interested me on this occasion. It was literature. Specifically, it was a conversation I’ve been waiting to […]

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Centenary of Native Life in South Africa by Sol Plaatje

Native Life in South Africa

2016 marks the centenary of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa, a detailed and moving appeal against the Land Act of 1913. The immemorial opening phrase of the book describes the Act’s devastation: “Awaking on Friday morning, June 20, 1913,” Plaatje wrote, “the South African native found himself, not actually a slave, but […]

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