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- DescriptionWinner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. With an introduction by Shaun Viljoen Every city has an unspoken side. Cape Town, between the picture postcard mountain and sea, has its own shadow: a place of dislocation and uncertainty, dependence and desperation, destruction and survival, gangsters, pimps, pedophiles, hunger, hope, and moments of happiness. Living in this shadow is Azure, a thirteen-year-old who makes his living on the streets, a black teenager sought out by white men, beholden to gang leaders but determined to create some measure of independence in this dangerous world. Thirteen Cents is an extraordinary and unsparing account of a coming of age in Cape Town. Reminiscent of some of the greatest child narrators in literature, Azure's voice will stay with the reader long after this short vel is finished. Based on personal experiences, Thirteen Cents is Duiker's debut vel, originally published in 2000. This first edition to be published outside South Africa includes an introduction by Shaun Viljoen and a special glossary of South African words and phrases from the text translated into English.
- Author BiographyK. Sello Duiker was born and raised in Soweto, South Africa, and went on to study journalism at Rhodes University before moving to Cape Town. His varied experiences while living there form the basis of Thirteen Cents. He also wrote two other novels, The Quiet Violence of Dreams (2001) and The Hidden Star (published posthumously in 2006). Duiker was widely considered one of South Africa's most promising young novelists before his untimely death in 2005 at the age of thirty. Shaun Viljoen is a Professor in the English Department at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and the author of a forthcoming biography of the writer Richard Rive.
- Author(s)K. Sello Duiker
- PublisherOhio University Press
- Date of Publication04/06/2013
- SubjectEncyclopedias & General Reference
- Series TitleModern African Writing Series
- Place of PublicationOhio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOhio University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight236 g
- Width3226 mm
- Height5004 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Introduction byShaun Viljoen
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