ISBN 9781928433477
Pages 180
Dimensions 230 x 148mm
Published 2022
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

In the Shadow of the Springs I Saw

by Barbara Adair

In the Shadow of the Springs I Saw is an exploration, and stories, of people who live in the Art Deco buildings of Springs. It is the imagined lives of those who live in a space that is not theirs historically but one that they have reclaimed. This work, in times of doom and complaint, creates a new narrative: one of revival, vigour and celebration.
‘The writing tries to capture the “grain” of a place, object or conversation, as if a swatch were cut from a larger fabric. One could trace the use of similar techniques back to the canonical modernist works of James Joyce, William Faulkner, John Dos Passos, William Carlos Williams or to a later experimenter like Burroughs … Adair uses these techniques with flair and purpose … the book’s method is to declare and contradict, to present one side and then another, keeping both present.’ Ivan Vladislavic

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About the Author

Barbara Adair

Barbara Adair is an author and writer. In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2004. Her novel End was shortlisted for Africa Regional Commonwealth Prize. She is a contributor to Queer Africa, both 1 and 2, and her writing, particularly her travel writing, has been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies. She works with the Wits Writing Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand.