It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Open Books Open Minds - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2021/2022
"David Goldblatt was a white South African photographer. Ernest Cole was one of the country’s first black photojournalists. Each had access to places the other was denied – and together their work captures a divided land."
"A look back at Ernest Cole, one of the most important anti-Apartheid photographers, whose subversive work affirms the image’s capacity to question authority and continues to resonate in the contemporary moment."
Documentary about Afrapix, a South African photography collective established in 1982. "This documentary depicts 40 years of political events through the lens of its photographers: David Goldblatt (founding father of South African documentary photography) & the historical members of Afrapix (independent agency created in 1982, inspired by Magnum). We also discover the contemporary photography scene, heir of this “Struggle Photography”: Jodi Bieber, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi & Thabiso Sekgala."
Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto, where survival is the primary objective, this novel traces six days in the life of a ruthless young gang leader. Confronted with memories of his own painful childhood, this angry young man begins to rediscover his own humanity, dignity and capacity to love.
Zoe Wicomb's complex and deeply evocative fiction is among the most distinguished of South African women's literature. It is also one of the only works to explore the experience of 'Coloured' citizens in apartheid-era South Africa. You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town details Frieda Shenton's coming of age as a woman - and as a writer. It is only as Frieda finds the courage to tell her 'terrible stories' that she can at last begin to create her own place in a world where she has always felt herself an exile.
Available at HELIN consortium libraries.
Banned when it was first published in South Africa in 1979, Muriel at Metropolitan is set in a bustling furniture and electronics store catering for poor whites and blacks and describes the daily experiences of Muriel, the accounts typist. Her relationship with her colleagues and her feelings about the stream of customers who come into the shop are depicted and illustrate life on the fringes of white society. this novel. She lives in Soweto and is now a professional writer. She has published a collection of short stories Mihloti, and a second novel, Amandla, in South Africa.
Available from HELIN consortium libraries.
Welcome to Our Hillbrow is an exhilarating and disturbingride through the chaotic and hyper-real zone of Hillbrow--microcosm of all that is contradictory, alluring, and painful in the postapartheid South African psyche. Everythingis there: the shattered dreams of youth, sexuality and its unpredictable costs, AIDS, xenophobia, suicide, the omnipotent violence that often cuts short the promise of young people's lives, and the Africanist understanding of the life continuum that does not end with death but flows on into an ancestral realm. Infused with the rhythms of the inner-city pulsebeat, this courageous novel is compelling in its honesty and its broad vision, which links Hillbrow, rural Tiragalong, and Oxford. It spills out the guts of Hillbrow--living with the same energy and intimate knowledge with which the Drum writers wrote Sophiatown into being.
This play about a young white boy and two African servants is at once a compelling drama of South African apartheid and a universal coming-of-age story. Originally produced in 1982, it is now an acknowledged classic of the stage.
Available from HELIN consortium libraries.
Using the metaphor of a carnival freak-show, Suzan-Lori Parks finds poetry and comedy, as well as drama and meaning, in one of the most embarrassing episodes in our collective history: the life of the Venus Hottentot, a South African woman who, due in part to her enormous posterior, was exhibited in a cage throughout Europe and exploited professionally by the doctor who loved her.