[Review Buku] Writing from South Africa

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Judul Buku : Writing from South Africa

Penulis : Herman Charles Bosman, William Bloke Modisane, Henry Nxumalo, D Can Themba, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Alan Paton, James Matthews, Mothrobi Mutloatse, Richard Rive, Bessie Head, Gladys Thomas, Damon Galgut, Abel Phelps, Deena Padayachee, Merle Colborne, Nadine Gordimer, Normavenda Mathiane.

Editor : Anthony Adams, Ken Durham

Penerbit : Cambridge University Press

Tahun : Cetakan I, 1995

Jumlah Halaman : 137 hlm (17 cerita pendek)

This anthology celebrates and explores the particular qualities of the writing of a nation. It is a collection of modern South African short stories charting the progress of South Africa  in the twentieth century. Writers are drawn from the different racial groups, including several stories and authors who have been ‘banned’ in South Africa in past years. South Africa’s culture, peoples, background and languages are explored, demonstrating the wide range of reactions to the experience of apartheid – violent, ironic and hopeful. The stories are illustrated by a collection of South African photographs and are each given a short introduction. A general foreword and glossary are included to guide students through anthology.

UNTO DUST – Herman Charles Bosman

Alive, you couldn’t go wrong in distinguishing between a white man and a kaffir. Dead, you had great difficulty in telling them apart. (p.5)

Kaffir (racial term) artinya kulit hitam.

Clip pendek cerpen : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jP6Rs8PjIg

Cerpen ini menceritakan tentang equality atau persamaan kedudukan. Baca lebih lanjut

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[Review Novel] Disgrace

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Judul Buku : Disgrace

Penulis : J.M. Coetzee

Tahun : 1999

Penerbit : Secker & Warburg (UK)

Jumlah Halaman : 218 hlm.

“History repeating itself, though in a more modest vein.”

 “What if an attack like that turns one into a different and darker person altogether?”

Tokoh utama novel ini bernama David Lurie, seorang professor berusia 52 tahun yang mengajar di sebuah universitas di Cape Town, South Africa. Ia merupakan duda beranak satu dari pernikahan pertamanya – yang tinggal di Eastern Cape; namanya Lucy. Karena tinggal sendirian, David rutin mendatangi pelacur bernama palsu Soraya – yang usianya seumuran Lucy –  setiap Kamis siang.

Suatu hari di jalan, David tidak sengaja melihat Soraya bersama – yang ia duga sebagai – dua anak lelakinya. Baik David ataupun Soraya sama-sama tidak sengaja bersitatap. Hari Kamis berikutnya, mereka berjumpa lagi. Soraya bilang ia harus merawat ibunya yang sakit sehingga tidak bisa menemui David sampai ibunya sembuh.

David melpon agent prostitusi penyalur Soraya. Baca lebih lanjut