The 1987 Publication Of You Can T Get Lost In Cape Town Won Zo Wicomb An International Readership And Wide Critical Acclaim As Richly Imagined And Stylistically Innovative As Wicomb S Debut Work, David S Story Is A Mesmerizing Novel, Multilayered And Multivoiced, At Times Elegiac, Wry, And Expansive.Unfolding In South Africa At The Moment Of Nelson Mandela S Release From Prison In 1991, The Novel Explores The Life And Vision Of David Dirkse, Part Of The Underground World Of Activists, Spies, And Saboteurs In The Liberation Movement A World Seldom Revealed To Outsiders With Time To Think After The Unbanning Of The Movement, David Is Researching His Roots In The History Of The Mixed Race Coloured People Of South Africa And Of Their Antecedents Among The Indigenous People And Early Colonial Settlers.But David Soon Learns That He Is On A Hit List, And, Caught In A Web Of Betrayal And Surveillance, He Is Forced To Rethink His Role In The Struggle For Nonracial Democracy, The Loyalty Of His Comrades, And His Own Conceptions Of Freedom Through Voices And Stories Of David And The Women Who Surround Him Responding To, Illuminating, And Sometimes Contradicting One Another Wicomb Offers A Moving Exploration Of The Nature Of Political Vision, Memory, And Truth.
Zo Wicomb attended the University of the Western Cape, and after graduating left South Africa for England in 1970, where she continued her studies at Reading University She lived in Nottingham and Glasgow and returned to South Africa in 1990, where she taught for three years in the department of English at the University of the Western Cape She gained attention in South Africa and internationally with her first work, a collection of short stories , You Can t Get Lost in Cape Town 1987 , which takes place during the apartheid era Her second novel, David s Story 2002 , takes place in 1991 toward the close of the apartheid era and uses the ambiguous classification of coloureds to explore racial identity Playing in the Light, her third novel, released in 2006, covers similar terrain conceptually, though this time set in contemporary South Africa and centering around a white woman who learns that her parents were actually coloured She published her second collection of short stories, The One That Got Away The stories, set mainly in Cape Town and Glasgow, explore a range of human relationships marriage, friendships, family ties or relations with servants.She was a winner of the 2013 Windham Campbell Literature Prize for Fiction.Zoe Wicomb resides in Glasgow where she teaches creative writing and post colonial literature at the University of Strathclyde.
- 288 pages
- David's Story
- Zoë Wicomb
- 27 November 2018 Zoë Wicomb