Thursday, November 5, 2009

Top ten books that teach us about southern Africa

Ian Holding is the author of Unfeeling, his (debut) novel set against the backdrop of a post-independent African country during the notorious farm attacks.

In 2005 at the Guardian, he named a top 10 list of books that teach us something about southern Africa.

One title on the list:
Disgrace by JM Coetzee

No other novelist renders the inner truths of man more palpably than Coetzee, and here the story of a fallen university professor turns into deft allegory, the everyman for an entire nation struggling to comprehend changes to its national identity.
Read about the other books on Holding's list.

--Marshal Zeringue