A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings

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Oxford, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 107 pages
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Journalistic sketches, essays and personal notes form a biographical study of South African born Bessie Head's complex existence. Born in 1937, the result of an illicit union between a black man and a white woman, Bessie spent her early years in South Africa, a period of exile in Botswana (1964-79) and was a Botswana citizen before her death at the age of 49.

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A wonderful, albeit repetitive, collection. Quite a few ideas were repeated multiple times and it felt like more could have been done in the space of this slim volume. Either way, it's my first book by Bessie Head, and won't be my last. Read full review


Preface to Witchcraft
Southern Africa and Beyond 19791986

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BESSIE HEAD, one of Africa's best known writers, was born in South Africa but spent much of her life in Botswana. She died tragically early, in 1986, leaving behind her a fine collection of literary works. Tales of Tenderness and Power was the first of her works to be published after her death, and another anthology, A Woman Alone, has also been published posthumously. Both these titles reinforce Bessie Head's literary achievements, already evident in her novels Maru, When Rain clouds Gather, The Cardinals, A Collector of Treasures, A Question of Power, and her historical account Serowe: Village of the Rain Wind, which are all available in the Heinemann African Writer Series.

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