For March we reached out to renown writer, president emeritus of PEN South Africa and a member of the executive board of PEN International, Margie Orford to ask for his reading suggestions to young writers and why she picked them.  

 

1. Chınua Achebe /Thıngs Fall Apart

(1958) (a line from a poem by WB Yeats) (Nigerian)

“This classic novel tells of pre-colonial life and then the arrival of Europeans in south-eastern Nigeria in the 19th century, thus revealing the experiences and struggles of people whose lives were altered completely by colonialism”


   

  

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2. Tsitsi Dangarembga/ Nervous Condıtıons

       (1988) (Zimbabwean)

“This wonderful novel tells the story of Tambu, a young Zimbabwean girl, who is determined to be educated despite the patriarchal society she lives in – a universal story about the courage and determination of women to find their voice and tell their stories.”

 

3. Toni Morrison / Beloved

(American)

“One of the greatest writers of our time, lays bare the inhumanity of slavery – Morrison creates an unforgettable world despite the attempt to erase the experiences of enslaved people. You cannot understand the United States without reading this book.”

 

 

4. John Maxwell Coetzee / Waıtıng For The Barbarıans

(a line from a poem by Kavafy) by JM Coetzee (South African)

“Is a masterful book about a tyrannical and paranoid regime and the cruelty it visits on its citizens. A parable for our times.”

 

Out Stealing Horses5. Per Petterson /Out Stealıng Horses

(Norwegian)

“Is my favourite coming of age story. It made me understand the connection between a son and his silent and absent father and the language is exquisite – simple and yet devastating. The lesson for any writer is that saying less always makes the reader feel more.”

 

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