Death is a fact of life, but the experience of grief is unique to each of us. This timely collection brings together a range of voices to offer reflections on death and dying, from individual losses to large scale catastrophes.
Karin Schimke revisits her troubled relationship with her late father, a Second World War survivor ‘whose brain had been broken by violence’. Madeleine Fullard, the head of South Africa’s Missing Persons Task Team, draws us into the search for activists who were ‘disappeared’ or went missing in political circumstances between 1960 and 1994. Caine Prize winner Lidudumalingani remembers his childhood in a small village in the Eastern Cape, and how his mother always listened to death notices read over the radio as a way of bearing witness to the grief of strangers.
The other contributors in this poignant and thought-provoking anthology turn their minds to subjects as varied as the ritual of washing the body of the deceased before burial, the ethics of killing small animals, and the extinction of humankind.
Sindiswa Busuku • Lucienne Bestall • Khadija Patel • Shrikant Peters • Sudirman Adi Makmur • Paula Ihozo Akugizibwe • Rofhiwa Maneta • Madeleine Fullard • Musawenkosi Khanyile • Simone Haysom • Thato Monare • Angifi Dladla • Nick Mulgrew • Tariq Hoosen • Catherine Boulle • Tatamkhulu Afrika • Dela Gwala •Anna Hartford • Gabeba Baderoon • Barry Christianson • Vonani Bila • Khanya Mtshali • Robert Berold