Winter in South Africa - a time of searing drought, angry stirrings in Soweto, and the shadow of the Angolan conflict cast across the scorched bush.
Author: André Brink
Publisher: Random House
Winter in South Africa - a time of searing drought, angry stirrings in Soweto, and the shadow of the Angolan conflict cast across the scorched bush. Martin Mynhardt, a wealthy Afrikaner, plans a weekend at his old family farm. But his visit coincides with a time of crisis in his personal life. In a few days, the security of a lifetime is destroyed and, with only the uncertain values of his past to guide him, Mynhardt is left to face the wreckage of his future.
Rumours of rain A speculative phrase Storms brewing Violent pebbles eating away at the river bed The scars deep The anguish much deeper The storm within a hurricane Undercurrents eternal Forever far away Infinity the boundary of ...
Author: Knox Mahlaba
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
"Back from the Dead: The Rising of an African Spirit" is a celebration of life, its different seasons, and the struggle to overcome. It is an anthology consisting of fifty poems; some poems are images of personal struggles, others visualize the celebration of love, and a few are odes to great leaders and historical reflections. The single message this book intends to transfer to the reader is that a sense of self-love and appreciation does a world of good. Throughout the book, references are made to Africa with the sole intention of encouraging people, Africans on the continent and across the Diaspora, to reflect on their rich identity, take responsibility for their self-concept, and to be proud of their heritage in order to inject a greater sense of self-worth and responsibility in their daily lives.
a a T here is clearly a link between Brink's successive novels Rumours of Rain and A Dry White Season which relates to his representation of the Afrikaner . Doireann MacDermott indicates the similarities between these two novels : The ...
to sweep away this nonsense Rain against power elite And their preconceived attitudes Rain against powermongers Rain against ... andpoets Its drought can be cured only by the rumours of rain Like the dry bones to erect a rival shrine of.
Author: Phalafala Aphane
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Rain, in the African context, has a deep cultural significance. It symbolizes the prevalence of peace as a tirade against any cruel authority or fundamentalism of all kinds. Drop of Rain! is a unique, epic, surrealistic and long unparalleled poem . . .which is used ornamentally as a tender whisper of struggle and peace that offers unlimited thinking and space and uncovers the truth that toughens and softens the dark shades of human souls and the shape of the animus within our dreams from multi-textured life. It reveals the conscience, the consciousness and conscientiousness, the wit, care and foresight—to everyone who feels, thinks, sings, and dreams of Rain; to share that inner glowing, glorious, chorally co-operative music of rain and making of tomorrow—as a liberating and humanistic philosophy; to awaken societal and opinionated values and social intercourse. This poetry, I hope, offers a window on African humanity, in and beyond the continent; because the Rain is everywhere. Every Drop of Rain! has a poem to unite our beautiful world for a permanent global peace. ‘Personal Rain alone is not enough, Village Rain alone is not enough, Country Rain alone is not enough, African Rain alone is not enough, European Rain alone is not enough, American Rain alone is not enough and . . . ‘ A cow does not excrete its whole dung at once. Pula ga e ne! Let it rain in four corners of the world! Drop of Rain! will constantly invite your own freedom of interpretation as you enjoy the journey of reading it.
Rumours of Rain offers a piercing critique of how repressive apartheid norms can deform an otherwise worthy individual. Brink earned Booker Prize shortlistings for both An Instant in the Wind and Rumours of Rain.
Author: Leon de Kock
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The Love Song of André P Brink is the first biography of this major South African novelist who, during his lifetime, was published in over 30 languages and ranked with the likes of Gabriel García Márquez, Peter Carey and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Leon de Kock’s eagerly awaited account of Brink’s life is richly informed by a previously unavailable literary treasure: the dissident Afrikaner’s hoard of journal-writing, a veritable chronicle that was 54 years in the making. In this massive new biographical source – running to a million words – Brink does not spare himself, or anyone else for that matter, as he narrates the ups and downs of his five marriages and his compulsive affairs with a great number of women. These are precisely the topics that the rebel in both politics and sex skated over in his memoir, A Fork in the Road. De Kock’s biographical study of the author who came close to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature not only synthesises the journals but also subjects them to searching critical analysis. In addition, the biographer measures the journals against additional sources, both scholarly and otherwise, among them the testimony of Brink’s friends, family, wives and lovers. The Love Song of André P Brink subjects Brink’s literary legacy to a bracing scholarly re-evaluation, making this major new biography a crucial addition to scholarship on Brink.
And if it doesn't rain... In the drought year of 1976 rivers, lakes and ponds all over the country began to shrivel and by August I began to hear worrying stories about a much-loved stream that I hadn't fished since childhood. Rumours ...
Author: Chris Yates
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: Sports & Recreation
How to Fish is an unabashed, unashamed celebration of the joys of fishing. It is about contentment, calm and solitude, rivers and river banks, losing track of time and, of course, the fish themselves. For those who already enjoy fishing it is a love letter to their art and for those who don’t – yet! – it is an insight into a life spent getting up at the crack of dawn and, armed with rod and line, heading for water...
... politics began to reach the bedside table in white , especially Afrikaner , households in the 1970s with the appearance of novels by André Brink , including An Instant in the Wind , A Dry White Season and Rumours of Rain .
Author: Michael Morris
Publisher: HSRC Press
Every Step of the Way celebrates the tenth anniversary of South Africa's first democratic election but also seeks to widen and promote a conversation about South Africa's contested pasts.
Buckingham doesn't want the others in the bands' opinions and doubts to intimidate him or coerce him into making a “Rumours Two.” Instead, he's planning on suggesting that he be allowed to record his contributions to the band's next ...
Author: Tyler Martin Sehnal
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Turn on the radio or take the time to flip through the stacks of used CDs at your local Goodwill or thrift store. Google ?rock ?n? roll music, ? even. Better yet, visit any public place that plays popular music from the last 50 years or so as the soundtrack to your Saturday afternoon grocery-shopping, clothes-buying or indie record store-scouting experience and you?ll find that no matter where you go, there's an ever-enduring presence that since the late 1960s has been a mainstay in the world of pop culture and popular music: a former blues band turned rock ?n? roll atom bomb called Fleetwood Mac. Though much of the band's popularity stems from their work in the late seventies and eighties, from an era when gas was 50 cents a gallon and singers were their own songwriters, there's a reason why the band has been able to maintain their status as rock ?n? roll royalty even more than 50 years after making their debut as a London-based blues group. His name is Lindsey Buckingham.
This is Andre Brink's story of a society on the edge of collapse, spurred to profound self realization.
Author: André Philippus Brink
Publisher: W H Allen
Martin Mynhardt seems invincible. Violence surrounds him, yet he remains unscathed: a woman asks him the time, then leaps in front of a train; after a mine riot, he watches hoses sweep scattered body parts off the floor. Just before the shocking violence that brings South African apartheid to an end, Martin decides to return to the family farm for a weekend. A highly successful businessman and Afrikaans Nationalist, he hopes to sell the property to the government in a deal both highly profitable and corrupt. The moment he steps onto the farm, his plans are derailed. The repercussions of a society's endemic violence catch up to him, and shake the relationships that frame his life. His closest friend, a brilliant, idealistic lawyer, is sentenced to prison for his anti-apartheid "terrorist" activities in part because Martin refused to help him. His son, recently returned from the Angolan war, is in silent revolt against the values of his father and his nation. His mistress, Bea, an intelligent, strong-willed woman who offers Martin the hope of redemption through her own capacity for empathy, is also caught up in the gathering political storm. This is Andre Brink's story of a society on the edge of collapse, spurred to profound self realization.
Always rumours.' The rain fell inhuge drops, hitting the ground hard enoughto fragment andjump up against the downpour, and Fool's visibilitywas reduced tomere feet, breaking down the movement aroundhim to little morethan theshift ...
Author: Simon Kurt Unsworth
Publisher: Random House
WELCOME TO HELL. Solving crimes was the purpose of Hell's Information Men, yet they almost never achieved it, and even when they did, the facts they scraped free were lost, buried again in the labyrinthine mess of the infernal Bureaucracy. When an unidentified, brutalised body is discovered in Hell, the case is assigned to Thomas Fool. But how do you investigate a murder where death is commonplace and everyone is guilty of something?