Lesung mit Jonny Steinberg: A grocery store for your soul.

Lesung mit Jonny Steinberg: A grocery store for your soul.

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Price: Eintritt frei

Location: Basler Afrika Bibliographien

Mo, 21.10.2013, 18:15 Uhr

Lesung mit Jonny Steinberg: A grocery store for your soul.

Writing about a refugee. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Zentrum für Afrikastudien der Universität Basel.

The latest book by the South African author Jonny Steinberg, A Man of Good Hope, to be published in 2014, records the life history of a Somali man who fled Mogadishu as a child in 1991, grew up itinerant and unsettled in various east African countries, and finally made his way down Africa’s eastern seaboard to South Africa when he was in his early 20s. His story is a frame for exploring a range of African questions, from state collapse in Somalia, to the relationship between formal state institutions and undocumented people, to xenophobia in South Africa.

Jonny Steinberg is the author of several books about everyday life in the wake of South Africa’s transition to democracy. Two of them, Midlands (2002), about the murder of a white South African farmer, and The Number (2004), a biography of a prison gangster, won South Africa’s premier nonfiction award, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize. Steinberg’s books also include Three-Letter Plague (Sizwe’s Test in the United States), which chronicles a young man’s journey through South Africa’s AIDS pandemic. It was a Washington Post Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Award, among others. Steinberg is also the author of Thin Blue (2008), an exploration of the unwritten rules of engagement between South African civilians and police, and Little Liberia: An African Odyssey in New York, about the Liberian civil war and its aftermath in an exile community in New York. Steinberg has a doctorate in political theory from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently a lecturer and research associate in African Studies at Oxford.