Book title: Load-shedding. Writing on and over the edge of South Africa
Editors: Sarah Nuttall; Liz McGregor
Publisher: Jonathan Ball
Cape Town, South Africa 2009
Softcover, 13x20 cm, 248 pages
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.
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. Covering diverse subjects such as corruption in the countryside, sexual abuse, ‘Zuluness’ in time of Zuma, and ethnic panic, these personal accounts shed new light on our contemporary South African world.
Contributors include: Jacob Dlamini, Michael Titlestad, Sarah Nuttall, Rita Barnard, Deborah Posel, Archille Mbembe, Jonathan Hyslop, Liz McGregor, Imraan Coovadia, Makhosazona Xaba, Karina Magdalena Szczurek, Ashlee Polatinsky, Kgomotso Matsunyane, Pamila Gupta and Lara Allen.