Load Shedding: Writing on and Over the Edge of South Africa
Liz McGregor, Sarah Nuttall
Jonathan Ball, 2009 - Social Science - 250 pages
South Africa is not an easy place in which to live. Soaring crime levels, xenophobia, rampant corruption, and the rise to power of the controversial Jacob Zuma all signal the end of the dream years. A new personal resilience is needed to cope with a new political uncertainty. "Load Shedding", successor to "At Risk", is a collection of non-fiction stories by some of South Africa's pre-eminent authors, journalists and commentators that reveal how we live under pressure. They cover subjects as diverse as love and family, death and dying, ethnic panic, war envy, sexual abuse and being Zulu in the time of Zuma. Written during the nation's period of load shedding, both electrical and psychological, these personal accounts shine new light on our contemporary South African World.
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