In a recent piece for n+1 magazine, Jeanne-Marie Jackson in on fine form, dissecting the possibilities of a South African “novel of ideas”. I am most fortunate to have my book Green Lion read so cogently alongside Imraan Coovadia’s excellent Tales of the Metric System.
Surely there should be room, in the present surge of interest in African writing, for a slightly colder way of positioning the novel in relation to its subjects? For a bit more head, perhaps, along with the heart?
… [Rose-Innes’s] closest technical predecessor is J. M. Coetzee, with whom she shares a penchant for imagining the world stripped of people.