Still Life

Still Life

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A New York Times Top Historical Fiction Pick of 2020

A stunningly original new novel exploring race, truth in authorship, and the legacy of past exploitation, from the Windham-Campbell lifetime achievement award winner

When Zoëml; Wicomb burst onto the literary scene in 1987 with You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town, she was hailed by her literary contemporaries and reviewers alike. Since then, her carefully textured writing has cemented her reputation as being among the most distinguished writers working today and earned her one of the inaugural Windham Campbell Prizes for Lifetime Achievement in Fiction Writing.

Wicomb's majestic new novel Still Life juggles with our perception of time and reality as Wicomb tells the story of an author struggling to write a biography of long-forgotten Scottish poet Thomas Pringle, whose only legacy is in South Africa where he is dubbed the Father of South African Poetry. In her efforts to resurrect Pringle, the writer summons the specter of Mary Prince, the West Indian slave whose History Pringle had once published, along with Hinza, his adopted black South African son.

At their side is Sir Nicholas Green, a seasoned time traveler (and a character from Virginia Woolf's Orlando). Their adventures, as they travel across space and time to unlock the mysteries of Pringle's life, offer a poignant exploration of colonial history and racial oppression.



Author: Zoë Wicomb
Publisher: New Press
Published: 11/03/2020
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.10w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781620976104

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 09/28/2020
Foreword 10/26/2020

About the Author

Zoëml; Wicomb is a South African writer living in Glasgow, Scotland, where she is emeritus professor at the University of Strathclyde. She is the author of October, The One That Got Away, Playing in the Light and David's Story. She was an inaugural winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize in fiction.