Antjie became known to the outside world through her reporting on the Truth and Reconciliation Committe in South Africa after the demise of the apartheid regimes. 

In this book, that is strongly autobiographical, she describes life in the post-aprtheid era. She does it by way of writing about her childhood, her meetings with members of the family, her life on a small farm near a small village. The publication of her first poems is a highlight of her younger years and the stir these poems caused.

In between she writes theoretical stories about language, these parts are very difficult to get through.

But in the end this book took me along in her story because she describes a world that is passing and changing. What is the world Antjie belongs to? The world of her own past but she clashes with this past.  Or does she belong to the new world of the black majority, in which her position is a different one? 

Antjie Krog- A change of tongue – 2003 


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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