n Mousaion - Between a rock and a hard place : hidden stories and The hidden star
|Article Title||Between a rock and a hard place : hidden stories and The hidden star|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Publication Date||Jan 2008|
|Pages||162 - 176|
|Keyword(s)||Contemporary youth fiction, Healers, Indigenous fantasy, Sangomas and South African magical realism|
K. Sello Duiker's The hidden star was published posthumously in 2006 and met with mixed critical reactions. In this article I argue that Duiker's achievement in this novel has yet to be fully recognized and appreciated. Ironically, this fantasy for younger readers has been dismissed both as an unsuitably long fairy tale and a novel too disturbingly adult to be suitable for children. It is possible that the level of critical confusion generated by the work is because it is a rare South African example of what Brian Attebery refers to as 'indigenous fantasy' (1992 : 129), that is, fantasy that, like an indigenous species, is adapted to and reflective of its own native environment.
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