ISBN 9780994708137
Pages 250
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2018
Publisher Botsotso Publishing , South Africa
Format Paperback

Botsotso 19: Fiction

True, False and Fantastical

edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz, Siphiwe ka Ngwenya, Ike Mboneni Muila

The Botsotso literary journal started in 1996 as a monthly 4 page  insert in the New Nation, an independent anti-apartheid South African weekly and reached over 80,000 people at a time – largely politisized black workers and youth – with a selection of poems, short stories and short essays that reflected the deep changes taking place in the country at that time. Since the closure of the New Nation in 1999, the journal has evolved into a stand-alone compilation featuring the same mix of genres, and with the addition of photo essays and reviews. The Botsotso editorial policy remains committed to creating a mix of voices which highlight the diverse spectrum of South African identities and languages, particularly those that are dedicated to radical expression and examinations of South Africa's complex society.

Botsotso 19: Fiction. True, False and Fantastical includes thirty-one pieces by a wide range of southern African writers accompanied with photographs by Moshe Sekete Potswana. The edition focuses on fiction that covers a wide range of themes and situations: Thabisani Ndlovu’s “Making a Woman” is about patriarchy and rising feminism in a Zimbabwean village, Mpumelelo Cilibe’s “Keep the Ship Moving!” is set during the emergence of the first trade union at a Ford motor plant in the late 1970’s in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Muthal Naidoo’s anthropomorphic satire “Stone Walls” is about exploitative friendships. Botsotso 19 displays the art of storytelling in many forms and styles and moves the reader through a wide range of emotions.

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About the Editors

Allan Kolski Horwitz

ALLAN KOLSKI HORWITZ was born in 1952 in Vryburg, South Africa but grew up in Cape Town. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to live in Johannesburg in 1986. Since then he has worked as an organiser and educator in the trade union and social housing movements. He is a writer in various genres as well as being a songwriter and singer. Since leaving full-time employment in the trade unions in 2009, he continues on an ad hoc with his work as an educator and activist. He is a member of the Botsotso Jesters poetry performance group and of the Botsotso Publishing editorial board. 

Siphiwe ka Ngwenya

Siphiwe ka Ngwenya was born in 1964 in Soweto, Johannesburg where he still lives. He is a member of the Botsotso Jesters group.

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