You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town

You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town


Zoe Wicomb
The South African novel of identity that "deserves a wide audience".

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ISBN: 9781558612259
Publication Date: 02-01-2000

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Introduction by Marcia Wright
Afterword by Carol Sicherman

"Wicomb has mined pure gold," says Toni Morrison. "Seductive, brilliant, and precious, her talent glitters." Wicomb writes a sparkling narrative of a Coloured woman's coming to maturity—and to writing—in the complex world of mixed-race citizens in apartheid South Africa.

"[Wicomb’s] prose is vigorous, textured, lyrical. . . . [She] is a sophisticated storyteller." New York Times Book Review

"Seductive, brilliant, and precious . . . An extraordinary writer." —Toni Morrison, author of Beloved

"Wicomb deserves a wide American audience, on par with the fabulous reception her white countrymen Nadine Gordimer and J. M. Coetzee have received. She has a bleak but wise perspective on people and on the South African world." Wall Street Journal

"Wicomb is a gifted writer, and her compressed narratives work like brilliant splinters in the mind, suggesting a rich rhythm and shape." —Seattle Times

"A moving and perceptive exploration of pain, change, and selfhood." The Canberra Times