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INTERPLAY (article first published : 2007-05-16)

A new publication by Ronnie Govender - Interplay : a collection of South African Plays - was launched at The Time of the Writer Festival in Durban a few months ago.

Produced by Hibbard Publishers Interplay is a collection of Ronnie Govender’s previously published plays (but now out-of-print) as well as those that have been previously unpublished.

Ronnie Govender, like Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, shows a deep concern for human life,” explains Professor Rajendra Chetty. “They revelled in their own humanity and rebelled against the things that curtailed that humanity, both in their personal lives and in their works.

“The beauty of this collection is that the plays cannot be cast in a convenient mould. They can be represented as Janus-faced – they look back, reviewing the repressive past, and simultaneously look forward to a future envisaged with varying degrees of optimism.”

In these plays Ronnie Govender takes stock of his past and present in order to reconsider his own subject position and writing roles beyond the frontier of resistance.

Ronnie Govender won the 1997 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book (Africa region) for At the Edge and other Cato Manor Stories. His first novel, Song of the Atman was launched at the 2006 The Time of the Writer.




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