ISBN 9781920397081
Pages 222
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2010
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

The Thin Line

by Arja Salafranca

Arja Salafranca is an accomplished writer, having twice won the Sanlam Literary Award in South Africa. The stories in her new book engage and reel in the reader on that 'thin line' from the start. The carefully drawn characters are haunting: Corinna trapped in her huge teenage body, Cleo in love with a married man after all these years, and poor skinny Mark, as he sees his love teeter away from him.'Ten Minutes to Hate' tells of an armed robbery in a packed theatre, and its effect, emotionally and psychologically, on two of the people involved. 'Collage' is the story of a possessive love so fierce, that only death can resolve it. Searingly honest, sometimes painfully so.

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‘These stories chart a new direction in South African fiction, where each line, each page - each story unfolds subtly, reaching deeper and more intimately into the tender spaces that exist in all our lives between love and doubt. Reading them kept me up late at night, wanting to know more about the characters’ lives. I was enthralled by the clarity and compassion of her insights; and moved by her obvious love for our fragile country and the fierce power of our unrelinquished hopes.’

Hamilton Wende author of ‘House of War’
About the Author

Arja Salafranca

Arja Salafranca’s publications include two collections of poetry, A Life Stripped of Illusions and The Fire in which we Burn and an anthology of prose and poetry, glass jars among trees, which she edited with Alan Finlay. Her fiction has been widely published in local and international journals and anthologies, and online. She has twice won the Sanlam Literary Award. She is a journalist and currently is the lifestyle and arts editor at The Sunday Independent. Find her online at

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