Mafeking Road

Author: Herman Charles Bosman
Publisher: Archipelago
ISBN: 9781935744511
Release Date: 2011-10-07
Genre: Fiction

These slyly simple stories of the unforgiving South African Transvaal reveal a little-described (and rarely romanticized) world of Afrikaner life in the late 19th Century. Like our own Mark Twain, Herman Charles Bosman wields a laughing intolerance of foolishness and prejudice, a dazzling use of wit and clear- sighted judgment. Spun by the plainclothes local visionary and storyteller Oom Shalk Lourens, these moving and satirical glimpses of lethargic herdsmen, ambitious concertina players, legendary leopards and mambas, and love-struck dreamers lay bare immense emotions, contradictions, and mysteries within the smallest movements and unadorned talk of the Groot Marico District. Leading oral tradition by the hand into a territory all his own, Bosman maps a world at once lucid and layered, distant yet powerfully familiar.

The Complete Oom Schalk Lourens Stories

Author: Herman Charles Bosman
Publisher: Human & Rosseau
ISBN: 0798146761
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: Lourens, Oom Schalk (Fictitious character)

In one volume for the first time, the entire sequence of Bosman's famous Oom Schalk Lourens stories. Edited from authoritative sources, and accompanied by original illustrations, this gathering represents a feast of South Africa's best-loved tales. The sixty pieces include all-time favourites like In the Withaak's Shade, Makapan's Caves and Willem Prinsloo's Peach Brandy, the Boer War classics Mafeking Road and The Rooinek, as well as several lesser-known treasures.

A Narrative Discourse Analysis of Herman Charles Bosmans Short Story Mafeking Road 1932

Author: Hildegard Schnell
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783640506217
Release Date: 2010-01

Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1.0, University of Duisburg-Essen, course: South African Cultural Studies, language: English, abstract: In his current popularity, Herman Charles Bosman has come to be viewed as something of an "eternal artist" figure, conveying "marvellous home-truths for all men" (Gray 1977:79). But the truth about the later Bosman is that he became a writer who had a scrupulous, instant understanding with each passing day and each yard of newspaper that underwent his professional scrutiny. Stephen Gray suggests "that he [Bosman] meant himself to be taken as [...] a commentator, a newspaper columnist, whose medium happened to be fiction" thus drawing attention to the underlying truths of South Africa (ibid.). By debunking the myth of Boer bravery during the second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) in his short story "Mafeking Road," Bosman touches upon a subtle theme extant amongst the Boer community, namely extreme Afrikaner patriotism (Wenzel 1999:109-110).

The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945

Author: Gareth Cornwell
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231130462
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Literary Collections

From the outset, South Africa's history has been marked by division and conflict along racial and ethnic lines. From 1948 until 1994, this division was formalized in the National Party's policy of apartheid. Because apartheid intruded on every aspect of private and public life, South African literature was preoccupied with the politics of race and social engineering. Since the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990, South Africa has been a new nation-in-the-making, inspired by a nonracial idealism yet beset by poverty and violence. South African writers have responded in various ways to Njabulo Ndebele's call to "rediscover the ordinary." The result has been a kaleidoscope of texts in which evolving cultural forms and modes of identity are rearticulated and explored. An invaluable guide for general readers as well as scholars of African literary history, this comprehensive text celebrates the multiple traditions and exciting future of the South African voice. Although the South African Constitution of 1994 recognizes no fewer than eleven official languages, English has remained the country's literary lingua franca. This book offers a narrative overview of South African literary production in English from 1945 to the postapartheid present. An introduction identifies the most interesting and noteworthy writing from the period. Alphabetical entries provide accurate and objective information on genres and writers. An appendix lists essential authors published before 1945.

Life Sentence

Author: Stephen Gray
Publisher: Human & Rosseau
ISBN: 079814484X
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Authors, South African

This is the absorbing (and often shocking) story of the life of the most famous and best loved writer in South Africa of the first half of the twentieth century. Bosman was born in the Cape in 1905, schooled in Johannesburg and trained as a teacher, then sent to a backveld school - the people he met there and the observations he made were the source for the stories in his bestselling Mafeking Road. After a sensational trial, found guilty of murdering his step-brother in cold blood, he served his term in Pretoria Central Prison - the source of his classic Cold Stone Jug. During his years of exile in Paris and London and when he returned to South Africa to make a popular career as a sly commentator, he produced A cask of Jerepigo. Before his untimely death in 1951, he became the country's best loved humorist. In this biography Bosman's extraordinary career is reconstructed from documents and his papers, to present the most revealing and explicit portrait of South Africa's most controversial author. Gray's investigation has thrown new light on many aspects of Bosman's life - some of his outrageous actions will astound his many faithful readers. Bosman himself ) with which Gray at times paints this fuller-than-ever-before portrait of his subject.

Ramoutsa Road

Author: Herman Charles Bosman
Publisher: Ad Donker Publishers
ISBN: IND:30000039883909
Release Date: 1987
Genre: Short stories, South African (English)

This book is representative of the entire spectrum of the writing of Herman Charles Bosman over a period of 30 years. Many of the stories were rescued from long-forgotten magazines and journals and were published in a book for the first time. There are Oom Schalk Lourens stories, veld stories, a prison story and some 'In the Voorkarner' pieces, which were originally written for the now defunct The Forum. This selection was complied by Valerie Rosenberg, who also provided an introduction and notes relating to each story. Ramoutsa Road is indeed vintage Bosman.

Who s Who of Twentieth Century Novelists

Author: Tim Woods
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134709908
Release Date: 2008-02-21
Genre: Literary Criticism

Taking in novelists from all over the globe, from the beginning of the century to the present day, this is the most comprehensive survey of the leading lights of twentieth century fiction. Superb breadth of coverage and over 800 entries by an international team of contributors ensures that this fascinating and wide-ranging work of reference will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in modern fiction. Authors included range from Joseph Conrad to Albert Camus and Franz Kafka to Chinua Achebe. Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists gives a superb insight into the richness and diversity of the twentieth century novel.

The Complete Voorkamer Stories

Author: Herman Charles Bosman
ISBN: 0798152982
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Short stories, South African (English)

'For the first time in one volume, the complete sequence of Bosman's "In die Voorkamer" sketches. Published to a weekly deadline over 1950 - 51 as hilarious satires of the issues of the day ... These deft conversation pieces, set in Jurie Steyn's backveld Marico post office, raise the art of idle talk to a level unequalled in South African humour.'--Back cover.