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Identity, belonging and voyages of personal discovery are but some of the themes inventively explored in the author's first full-length work to appear in English since the publication of Country of my skull.In times of fundamental change, people tend to find a space, lose it and then find another space as life and the world transform around them. What does this metamorphosIdentity, belonging and voyages of personal discovery are but some of the themes inventively explored in the author's first full-length work to appear in English since the publication of Country of my skull.In times of fundamental change, people tend to find a space, lose it and then find another space as life and the world transform around them. What does this metamorphosis entail and in what ways are we affected by it? How do we live through it and what may we become on our journey toward each other, particularly when the space and places from which we depart are - at least on the surface - so vastly different?Ranging freely and often wittily across many terrains, this brave book by one of South Africa's foremost writers and poets provides a unique and compelling discourse on living creatively in Africa today....

Title : A change of tongue
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ISBN : 9780958446846
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 376 Pages
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A change of tongue Reviews

  • Amanda Brinkmann
    2019-03-05 12:30

    Although this book speaks to the South Africa of the past - excavates and surfaces memories and reminders that are not comfortable - it counts as one of the best, interesting and fascinating novels I have read. The story will find resonance with readers globally - the story is all too familiar - racism, judgement, inequality - juxtoposed with humanity, tolerance and the will to risk to improve the life of another. Poignant, sometimes disturbing.This is on my to re-read list.

  • Rob Whitlock
    2019-03-10 06:23

    A Change of Tongue is a challenging, thought provoking, fascinating read. Having spent some time in Kroonstad as an army conscript during the last years of the apartheid government and having been a young adult during first years of our democratic government this book made me realise that there is a long way to go but that we have done a good part of this never ending journey already.

  • Sean de la Rosa
    2019-03-08 07:26

    A Change of Tongue is a complex and brave work exploring the social fabric of modern South Africa and seeks to define what being African truly means. Krog has most definitely matured in her style and approach since writing Country of My Skull. What I found most fascinating was her fearlessness in tackling racism head on - subjects you generally considered taboo are approached openly and in a fair manner. What comes into the light is healed! All very artfully done. Part 5 of the book dealing with her African poetry trip to Timbuktu is a must read to appreciate our uniqueness as South Africans and gain insight into some of the challenges faced in the far north African countries. I loved this quote: Fo no one, in the North or the South, can escape the cold fact that we are a single humanity. What was also refreshing was her honesty and openness in why she has chosen to write her current and future works in English as opposed to Afrikaans, her mother tongue.I would venture that this book is required reading for all who are proud to call themselves South African. With this level of authorship, Krog must be in line for a Nobel in the foreseeable future.

  • Annalie
    2019-03-01 08:38

    This book gave me many different perspectives on the problems and challenges facing post-apartheid South Africa. Antjie Krog says herself that she has a talent for telling a story and she certainly proves it here. For years I've been putting off reading it and then I braced myself for a hard slog. To my great surprise it was very easy to read; often heartbreakingly sad but at times so funny that I laughed out loud. Antjie Krog interweaves much of her autobiography into the book. Having read some essays by Antjie's mother (Dot Serfortein), I enjoyed getting to know her better, too.

  • Zara Rahman
    2019-03-20 11:41

    I began reading this immediately after finishing the fantastic 'Country of My Skull' by the same author, because I wanted to read more by her. This book is different in a lot of ways, but still a fantastic and engaging read. It mixes fictional short stories together with more clearly autobiographical sections, and gives more of a personal perspective to the situation. Again, a really, really recommended read to understand more of South Africa's history, and to read truly beautiful writing.

  • Rainier Rademan
    2019-03-12 11:41

    A gripping transformative tale of Krog's wanderings and experiences of the truth throughout her childhood, and as a budding author for the SABC. This book will leave the reader questioning every sentence as to its meaning, and many chapters will leave the reader captivated long after the book has been closed. A gripping story of change and acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness, but also of loss and love.

  • Jana
    2019-03-21 11:32

    Amazing short essays about life and identity in post-apartheid South Africa.

  • Mitta Xinindlu
    2019-03-21 10:13

    I'm still reading this one. I'm enjoying it. It's fun to read.

  • AeRi
    2019-03-04 11:41

    This is the best book I have read in years. The perfect combination of literary intelligence with knowledgeable subject matter; an incredible work of non-fiction which reads like a novel.

  • Tiah
    2019-03-01 08:26

    A stunning and brave exploration to the complex social fabric of modern South Africa and the definition of being "African."

  • Megan
    2019-03-10 13:24

    Another masterwork by Krog.

  • Chase
    2019-03-12 08:30

    One of my favorite books on South Africa. Explores the New South Africa in all it complexity and contradictions. Antie Krog is a a poet and a good writer and storyteller.