South Africa: a literary journey by Denis Hirson

France-based South African author Denis Hirson, whose latest publication is Afrique du Sud: Une traverse littéraire (South Africa: a literary journey), will be stopping over in various South African cities from 3 to 25 September 2011.


About Denis Hirson


Born in 1951, Hirson lived in South Africa until the age of 22. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied Social Anthropology. Since 1975 he has lived in France, where he works as a teacher and a writer. He has published five books, all concerned with the memory of the apartheid years in South Africa, all crossing the frontier between prose and poetry: The House Next Door to Africa (David Philip); I Remember King Kong (the Boxer); We Walk Straight So You Better Get Out the Way; White Scars; and Gardening in the Dark (all with Jacana, 2004-2007). His novel The Dancing and the Death on Lemon Street will be published by Jacana in August 2011. In the same month, Jacana is bringing out his Worlds in one Country, South African Writing 19th Century-1994, the translation into English of the first part of South Africa: a literary journey.

Denis Hirson in South Africa

3 & 4 September: Mail & Guardian Literary Festival, Johannesburg
5 September:  Alliance française of Pretoria
6 September: Lycée français, Johannesburg
7 September: Boekhuis, Johannesburg in partnership with the French Institute of South Africa
8 to 12 September: University of Rhodes, Grahamstown
13 September:  Alliance française of Port Elizabeth
20 September: Alliance française of Cape Town
21 – 25 September Open Book Cape Town Literary Festival
With the support of Institut Français, the French Institute of South Africa and Jacana Media

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