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A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg

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January 2017
About the book: 

A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg  is Harry Kalmer’s spellbinding ode to Johannesburg and its people.

This is the story of Sara, who poses stiffly for a photo with her four children at Turffontein concentration camp in 1901, and of Abraham, who paints the street names on Johannesburg’s kerbs. It is the tale of their grandson Zweig, a young architect who has to leave Johannesburg when he falls in love with the wrong person, and of Marceline, a Congolese mother who flees to the city only to be caught up in a wave of xenophobic violence.

Spanning more than a hundred years, A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg  is a novel that documents and probes the lives of the inhabitants of this incomparable African city – the exiled, those returning from exile, and those who never left.

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About the Author

Harry Kalmer is an award-winning playwright and novelist who has authored six works of fiction and twenty-three plays.

His novel En die lekkerste deel van dood wees  was the runner-up in the 2007 Sanlam/Insig Groot Roman competition. Briewe aan ’n rooi dak , based on the letters of Magdalena Otto, received the Anglo-Gold Aardklop award for best new drama in 2001, and was adapted for tv and broadcast.

In 2014, his drama The Bram Fischer Waltz  won the Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights in the Arts. He lives in Johannesburg.

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