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SONG OF THE ATMAN (article first published : 2007-10-24)

Highly acclaimed playwright and director Ronnie Govender’s successful novel, Song of the Atman has become the first South African novel to be published in India. The book has been released in major book stores all over India under the imprint of one of the world’s most prestigious publishers, HarperCollins.

The novel will be re-titled Black Chin White Chin as it was felt that the word “Atman” might convey the wrong impressions about the book in India, giving the idea of a narrow religious outlook.

Song of the Atman is published in South Africa by Jacana Media and the re-publication in India of this novel is also a major achievement for this publishing house. Jacana will publish a second imprint of Song of the Atman in South Africa in time for the festive season.

Ronnie Govender’s memoirs are due to be published in March under the title In the Manure and he is also working on a novel based on his successful play The Lahnee’s Pleasure. Another project is a video series based on short stories from his Commonwealth Award-winning book, At the Edge and Other Cato Manor Stories. (Information courtesy of The Daily News)




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