ISBN 9781920590383
ePub ISBN 9781920590826
Pages 242
Dimensions 203 x 133mm
Published 2014
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook

The Blacks of Cape Town

by C.A. Davids

The Blacks of Cape Town was shortlisted for two awards in 2014: The SALA debut novel award and the University of Johannesburg debut award.

Historian, Zara Black, is far from home, trying to come to terms with her family's past. The unearthing begins with her grandfather who concealed his race to escape the harsh realities of the diamond mines before ultimately changing his name to Isaiah Black. Subtly and astutely, C.A. Davids weaves a narrative that shifts between past and present and contemporary South African and American politics, to examine betrayal and displacement.

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Reviews

The Blacks of Cape Town feels like something new in scope and focus. In many ways, it is a breakthrough into previously forbidden territory. A brave, understated exploration of an uncomfortable reality.”

KELWYN SOLE, poet and Professor of English at the University of Cape Town

“Narratively ambitious and stylistically supple, The Blacks of Cape Town revisits the large themes of South African literature with originality and flair”.

ISABEL HOFMEYR, Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand
About the Author

C.A. Davids

C.A. Davids works as a writer and editor, and lives between Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UCT.