End
By Barbara Adair

Short listed for the African Regional Commonwealth Prize.

 

A pastiche based on the movie Casablanca set in Johannesburg and Maputo.

 

This novel breaks new ground in the relatively unexplored territory of the South African post-modern novel, where the characters talk to the narrator about their uncertain destiny.

 

In this new novel from Barbara Adair, End, the reader is transported to the Johannesburg and Maputo of the 1980s. Where wars of varying violences erupt and conjure the edgy, war-torn world of the film Casablanca. Adair’s writing is brutally funny, witty and unnervingly erotic. This novel breaks new ground in the relatively unexplored territory of the South African post-modern novel, where the characters talk to the narrator about their uncertain destiny.

 

Apart from deconstructing Casablanca, End is also a literary game and an attempt to link South African writing with the great canon of literature, to make it part of a continuum and to steer it away from the social and political messages that have been forced upon us since the 80s and never seem to have disappeared. 

 

This novel was the subject of a PhD dissertation: Beppi Chiuppani, Beyond Political engagement? Redefining the Literary in post dictatorship Brazil and post-apartheid South Africa, University of Chicago, 2013.

 

 

Additional Information:

Published 2009 (Jacana Publ. / South Africa)

ISBN: 978-1770093058 178 pages - Paperback

World Rights Available (incl. World English)

 

KvK nr.:  60491833

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