Participating European Union Member States and Jacana Media are delighted to announce Penny Busetto as the winner of the 2013 European Union Literary Award for her unpublished manuscript The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself. The award was presented last night at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg. The novel will be published by Jacana Media in the first half of 2014.
The judges panel, consisting of Dr Mongane Wally Serote, Phakama Mbonambi and Dr Pamela Nichols, had this to say about Penny’s novel:
This is a strange, intelligent story of vulnerability, consciousness and escape, set on an Italian island. It presents one woman’s meditation on memory, loss, pain and identity. It is a book which could be read anywhere in the modern globalized world as a beautiful piece of literature. It is South African and yet not South African.
The consciousness is particular. The solitary protagonist is dreamy, clever, only in control through desperate acts. In this world, from this consciousness, men are usually predatory. Children, animals and kind people are the counter balance and in the end stronger than the men who bully and use. The overall effect and aftertaste is lyrical and haunting.
Penny Busetto was born in Durban but grew up and went to school in Cape Town. When she was seventeen, circumstances led her to leave South Africa and head for Italy, where she studied, worked and lived for many years, moving from Perugia to Bologna to Milan and finally to Tuscany. She returned to live permanently in South Africa in 1996. Penny lives in Cape Town with her son, and is studying towards an interdisciplinary doctorate in English and Psychology affiliated with UCT’s English Department. She is currently writing a new book set in Cape Town.
In his latest book, Obie Oberholzer travels across the Karoo, showing it as it has never been seen before – colourful, mysterious and vibrant, and always surprising.
There are only 100 individually signed copies of this photographic masterpiece. This rare collector's edition includes two loose-leaf limited prints of photographs and a print of Obie’s handwritten meditation on the Great Karoo road. Each book is beautifully linen-bound and in a sturdy slipcase. Click here for more information on ordering Karoo by Obie Oberholzer.
• Zoleka Mandela •
Breast cancer can happen at any age and to anyone; at thirty two years old and nine months after losing her third born child, Zoleka Mandela was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. After losing her first born child to drunken driving she would soon venture into sobriety after a ten year addiction to drugs and alcohol.
This is her story; her journey of pain, disbelief, acceptance, faith and hope. Her autobiography, although focusing mainly on her breast cancer diagnosis and post chemotherapy treatments, takes the reader through pivotal moments in her life which detail her journey from childhood to her adult years as a breast cancer survivor with an agenda to use her personal experience as a tool to create awareness and inspiration to those who have walked a similar journey to hers and to assist them in finding strength to endure their calamities.
Fully committed to her role as a mother; breast cancer survivor and road safety activist, Zoleka Mandela’s social responsibility is tremendously inspired by her grandparents and a mutual passion to bring about change. Catapulted from her personal journey of pain and struggle to one of hope and inspiration, her story is one that intends to save lives.
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