Books

The beat of a generation

WILLIAM ALDRIDGE

The Beatniks, or Beat Generation as they became known, consisted of a number of American authors who met in New York City and became prominent in the 1950s. They inspired the “Beat” culture in which a hedonistic lifestyle of drug use, sexual exploration, rejection of conformity and materialism, and questioning religion were the main ideologies. Alan Ginsberg’s Howl (1956), William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch (1957) and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957) are some of the best known works in Beat literature.

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Author from Tuks publishes debut novel

THOMAS MARAIS

FJ Labuschagne is a former Tuks law student who completed his postgraduate studies at UP last year. Labuschagne spoke to Perdeby about his debut novel, Beseringstyd (injury time), which was published in October 2014.

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An introduction to the world of manga

KOJO ESSAH

When we hear the word literature, we immediately think of poetry or prose. Due to our lack of exposure to this medium, we never think of manga. Manga are comics created in Japan or by Japanese artists in a very distinctive style that is said to have developed in the late 19th century. Manga, like novels, span a wide range of genres and most anime is based on manga. Perdeby has compiled a list of manga that has redefined this medium.

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Ikarus

SHAUN SPROULE

Deon Meyer’s long-awaited novel has finally been released. The next instalment of the Bennie Griessel story is here and is sure to keep you turning pages in this exciting next chapter of everyone’s favourite South African detective.

 

Christmas is a time to be with family and enjoy time off from work. A storm on 17 December brings with it a storm of another sort for detective Bennie Griessel and his partner Vaughn Cupido. The body of Ernst Richter, who has been missing for a month, is found on the beaches of Cape Town. Richter is a notorious and much-hated internet entrepreneur who is the owner of the website Alibi.co.za. Alibi is a company that creates excuses for cheating men and women, so it comes as no surprise that the list of suspects is extraordinarily long. The SAPS in Tableview and Stellenbosch don’t want to take the case because of the manpower required, difficulty and media coverage over the murder, not to mention the pressure from high up to get the case solved with as few hitches as possible. The case is taken by the Falcons, headed by Cupido for once, as Griessel’s struggle with his drinking habit continues. During the investigation, Cupido struggles with falling in love with one of the main suspects. All this happens while the story of the wine farm heir, Francois du Toit, starts to unravel.

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“A truly living human being cannot remain neutral”: South Africa’s banned authors

CHAD JOHNSTON

Literature is a wonderful platform for challenging a particular belief system or point of view. Sometimes authors have their work banned for this very reason. Thankfully in our society we have, for the most part, moved past the notion of banning something which may cause people to think in a different direction. However, in the past it was difficult to write with freedom. Here are a few authors who found it difficult to have their views aired and subsequently had their books banned by the local government, and sometimes even internationally.

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