Alex La Guma - The Black Dickens and the Politics of Colouredness

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14 Saint James's Square

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Lindsay Johns will examine the life and works of one of South Africa's leading novelists of the 20th century. A seminal but much over-looked figure in modern African literature, La Guma wrote five novels and several short stories against the backdrop of political turmoil in apartheid-era South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s.

A native of Cape Town, La Guma became a prominent freedom fighter as well as a writer and was the chief representative of the African National Congress in Havana, Cuba at the time of his death in 1985.

Johns will provide a fascinating insight into the life and art of La Guma and the role that both Coloured* identity and anti-apartheid activism played in his work. Asserting La Guma's rightful place in the canon, Johns will argue why the Black Dickens should be far better known today, both in South Africa and globally.

Lindsay Johns is a writer & broadcaster, Head of Arts and Culture at Policy Exchange and a non-residential Fellow at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University.

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Members' Room (6th Floor)

The London Library

14 Saint James's Square

London

SW1Y 4LG

United Kingdom

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