‘You only live twice’: The written life of Brink

MAUREEN ISAACSON LIFE, ETC 10 FEB 2015 12:42 (SOUTH AFRICA) SHARE ON TWITTERSHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE ON EMAILSHARE ON GOOGLE_PLUSONE_SHARESHARE ON LINKEDIN Andre P. Brink, who died last week at the age of 79, inspired so many writers and readers to up their game. It is impossible to imagine life outside of the long shadow of … Continue reading ‘You only live twice’: The written life of Brink

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remembering chris van wyk, the storyteller of riverlea, who died in 2014

Mail & Guardian 07 OCT 2014 09:30 MAUREEN ISAACSON Chris van Wyk's legacy was extraordinary and the memory of this engaging writer, friend, comrade, teacher and mentor will be deeply cherished. Writer Chris van Wyk, born July 19 1957, died on October 3 2014. (Gallo) Chris van Wyk, who died last Saturday after a battle … Continue reading remembering chris van wyk, the storyteller of riverlea, who died in 2014

An unfinished war: The unseen horrors of ruptured Sri Lanka

MAUREEN ISAACSON WORLD 25 MAR 2014 01:32 (SOUTH AFRICA) A new report, “An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka, May 2009-March 2014" lays bare the horrific tactics used in Sri Lanka's continuing war against ethnic Tamils. The report comes ahead of the 26 March UN Human Rights Council Debate on a US-led … Continue reading An unfinished war: The unseen horrors of ruptured Sri Lanka

remembering doris lessing, who died in november 2014

Doris Lessing published over 50 books, fighting in her work for freedom from oppression, categorisation and compartmentalisation. Her death, at the age of 94, leaves an absence of one of Southern Africa’s great voices – but also one of its great personalities. By MAUREEN ISAACSON. Doris Lessing’s death at 94 this week brought a rush … Continue reading remembering doris lessing, who died in november 2014

remembering sally gross: the fight for gender equality lot a giant in february 2014

25 FEB 2014 01:18 (SOUTH AFRICA) The death of Sally Gross, the intersex activist, also a formerly exiled anti-Apartheid activist, a Palestinian activist, writer, philosopher and teacher, on 14 February 2014 revives the achievements of a truly transformative struggle. By MAUREEN ISAACSON. Sally Gross urged intersex people to speak out because it was “much, much … Continue reading remembering sally gross: the fight for gender equality lot a giant in february 2014

remembering brenda fassie: gone but not forgotten, died in 2004

Brenda Fassie still has us in her thrall but we will never know her. Ten years after her untimely death in 2004, the Queen of African Pop, widely considered the most controversial diva of all, continues to perplex and evade her fans. It is fitting that Bongani Madondo, the editor of ‘I’m not your Weekend … Continue reading remembering brenda fassie: gone but not forgotten, died in 2004

Review: Until Julius Comes, by Hannibal Elector, aka Richard Poplak

MAUREEN ISAACSON LIFE, ETC 29 SEP 2014 12:38 (SOUTH AFRICA) SHARE ON TWITTERSHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE ON EMAILSHARE ON GOOGLE_PLUSONE_SHARESHARE ON LINKEDIN Richard Poplak takes the reader through a decidedly uncomfortable satirical ride through the South African political jungle. There are few survivors and it’s not for the faint-hearted. But you won’t be sorry you went. … Continue reading Review: Until Julius Comes, by Hannibal Elector, aka Richard Poplak