Zoe Wicomb: October (1532 words)


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Over the last two decades, South African literature has produced some of the most fascinating explorations of temporary return visits and permanent homecomings. An eclectic range of writers such as Zakes Mda in The Heart of Redness (2000), Nadine Gordimer in No Time Like the Present (2012) and Mongane Wally Serote in Rumours (2013) interrogate the exile’s permanent journey home as participating in the construction of a New South Africa. The temporary return home visit is explored by Anne Landsman in The Rowing Lesson (2007), Marlene van Niekerk in Agaat (2006) and Zoë Wicomb in October (2014). Notably, the return of the protagonist in the latter three novels is …

Citation: Ilsley, Natalie. "October". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 February 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38975, accessed 29 October 2020.]

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