My apologies for the late post; I just returned from a concert on the Quad featuring Samite, an African musician forced to flee Uganda in the mid-80's. Samite eventually relocated to Ithaca, NY and did not return to his homeland until fifteen years later while filming a PBS documentary titled "Song of the Refugee". The concert was spectacular and is fitting for my mood lately. I have been engrossed in literature on Africa: Vanity Fair Africa Issue; The Pickup; a second novel by Gordimer, "July's People"; and most recently, "Disgrace" by J.M. Coetzee (a novel set in South Africa about an older academic, disgraced by an illicit affair, who retreats to his daughter's farm).
I really hope I don't burnout on South African literature but for the time being I am really enjoying these novels. "July's People" is particularly interesting as it takes place in South Africa during the Apartheid. The novel centers on a white family who flees their home to a remote village with the aid of their black, African servant, July (interesting note: Gordimer uses the same writing style in July's People as is found in The Pickup!).
Well, I'm off for now and will be posting only periodically for the next two weeks; I will be on holiday in France and the Netherlands, sans children!