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STILL BEATING THE DRUM (article first published : 2006-09-21)

Lewis Nkosi is one of South Africaís foremost writers and critics, and one of the few survivors of the exile generation dating from the Drum era. Up until now, however, no full-length study has been done on his work.

This is a gap in South African literary history and criticism that Still Beating the Drum is intended to fill. Besides his well known earlier works, Nkosi is still very much an active writer as the publication in 2002 of his novel, Underground People, shows while his latest novel is due out in 2006. The timing of Still Beating the Drum, which intends to highlight his extensive and varied ouvre, is thus appropriate.

Given Nkosiís life trajectory, this volume will appeal to readers interested in South African and African literature. Intended as an important critical resource on Lewis Nkosi, the book is divided into three parts: Part One collects papers from scholars around the world currently engaged with Nkosiís work in various genres; Part Two reprints key articles from different moments in his critical writing, together with hitherto unpublished recent interviews; and Part Three provides the reader with a timeline and extensive bibliography for Lewis Nkosi, both invaluable resources for scholars in light of the scattered nature of much of his more ephemeral writings.

Lewis Nkosi is an important figure in South African literature whose voice has been heard far and wide Ė this book aims to collect for critical consideration some of the echoes and reverberations his voice has generated.

Contributors are Annie Gagiano, Lucy Graham, Liz Gunner, Litzi Lombardozzi, Achille Mbembe, Sikhumbuzo Mngadi, Zoe Molver, Lewis Nkosi, Andries Oliphant, Oyekan Owomoyela, Astrid Starck-Adler; Therese Steffen; Lindy Stiebel; Raffaella Vancini and Chris Wanjala.

Joint editors are Lindy Stiebel who is Professor of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Liz Gunner who is a Fellow of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER).

Still Beating the Drum retails at R180.00. ISBN: 1 86814 435 6




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