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and Other Stories,
Here comes a man with equipment for violence: suitcase, tent, walking stick, boots, camera, pen. The means to cover vast distances and inflict metaphor and defend himself.
This man is in league with coincidence. He has only come to see the sights but he is capable of turning the sea into an exercise in Royal Jelly or Cold Water Omo.
He comes carrying his hard suitcase with exaggerated ease and wearing his blisters like badges. He comes along a jeep-track through a plantation, noting that here tiny pine-trees spangle the verges and there a mushroom sprouts out of a turd. He feels grateful for the mist that forces his attention to the finer details. He stops from time to time, where a cairn marks a look-out spot, to catch his breath and observe the mist where the scenery should be. Comes on again.
He discovers that he is not alone. On a slope below the track a group of labourers in oilskins huddle with axes and saws, waiting for the day's work to begin. They watch him pass, puzzled by his safety suitcase (with fluorescent chevrons and a combination lock) and his limp and his sense of purpose. He consults his maps and hurries behind the mist to eat his breakfast: an energy bar and a boiled egg. As he crunches he hears the chainsaw, and the first tree falls.
Miradas: Cuentos sudafricanos
with Zoë Wicomb
UNSAM Edita, 2015
More at www.unsamedita.unsam.edu.ar
Les Monuments de la Propagande
Editions Zoe, 2005
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Le Banc ‘réservé aux Blancs’
Editions Zoe, 2004
Editions Complexe, 2000
Sean O’Toole in Frieze on the brick as metaphor in South African art and writing
See the article at www.frieze.com