Jungfrau: A Selection of Works from the Caine Prize for African Writing

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New Internationalist, 2007 - Fiction - 213 pages
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The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Each year the winning story and shortlisted entries are collected and published in one volume. This year's winner is Mary Watson for Jungfrau.

The Caine Prize is a springboard for some of the best talent in African writing. Previous winners include Leila Aboulela, whose second novel was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006, and Helon Habila and Segun Afolabi, whose novels are published by Penguin and Random House, respectively.

 

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Contents

Introduction
6
Jungfrau
9
The Last Trip
21
A Joburg Story
35
Tracking the Scent of my Mother
47
The Fanatic
61
Workshop Stories
78
Christianity Killed the Cat
79
A Bedtime Story for Children of all Ages Living in Democracies
131
1985 When Memoirs Fail
143
Postcards
151
Once Upon a Time
161
Then Now and Tomorrow
169
Rejoice
179
Looking for Biko
191
Simon Said
201

The First Time I Said Fuck
89
An Elegy for Easterly
105
Root Gold
119
Caine Prize Rules
213
About the New Internationalist
215
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About the author (2007)

Mary Watson completed her Masters degree in Creative Writing under Andre P Brink in 2001 and studied Film and TV Production at Bristol University, UK. She lectures in Film Studies at the University of Cape Town, where she received a Meritorious Publication Award for her collection of stories, Moss. She is currently working on her first novel.

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