Bundu, By Chris Barnard
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 15 February 2013
Compact, colourful, freighted with great issues but written with pace and grace, Bundu should introduce UK readers to a giant of African fiction.
Chris Barnard helped lead the Sixties revival of literature in Afrikaans, yet the South African veteran's latest novel reveals an author at the height of his powers.
In a limbo-land between South Africa and Mozambique, a researcher into baboon behaviour finds a human crisis on his doorstep. An ideas-rich adventure, superbly served by translator Michiel Heyns.
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