n English in Africa - : notes towards a publishing history

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Written in English in the early 70s, Hill of Fools was projected into the market for world literature among distinguished company in the Heinemann African Writers Series (HAWS), at a time when expectations for African writing in English reflected a certain orthodoxy; when the book's origins in apartheid South Africa pressed certain 'buttons' in world readerships, and when the country's increasing cultural isolation meant that even relatively well-versed literary Africanists were less than familiar with the milieu from which the story springs.

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