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Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000–2018

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The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership

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Rusty Bell
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Price: R 170
Publication Date: 2014-09-19
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978 1 86914 287 2
Width: 150
Height: 210
Pages: 168

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Review by Chantelle Gray van Heerden
Slipnet, December 4, 2014

John Rajchman, in Pure Immanence, writes that Deleuze’s concepts of ‘life’ and ‘immanence’ may be understood in contrast to John Locke’s conception of ‘the self’, because whereas the self has features such as “consciousness, memory, and personal identity”, a life – a life, not life, or the life – remains indeterminate and undefined, unfolding according to “a logic of impersonal individualization, of singularities rather than particularities” (8). But what is a life? What constitutes its passage before it gives way to death? At any given time the answer, like a life, remains unspecified, yet immanent. But still, and perhaps largely due to the development of theory of mind, the human is haunted by this unknowability; by the need to know and understand, to interpret and make meaning of, to find the answer to this indeterminate, unspecified state of causality that is always immanent. For what is the use of desire, beliefs and knowledge if not to construe some sense of meaningfulness, of purpose and direction?


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Michael is a respected and haunted South African corporate lawyer – the narrator of this sweeping, intimate and intricate exploration of the plurality and mystery of things: love, grief, fate, lust – but most of all life.


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