In Conversation with Bessie Head (Hardback)Dr. Mary S. Lederer (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Very few writers are able to infuse an academic piece of writing with the right balance of emotion and objective content. Mary Lederer is one such writer. Her latest engagement with Bessie Head is both a personal journey with an iconic writer and an insightful work about an individual who still intrigues us more than thirty years after her death ... This gem of a book carries a lot of new insights into Bessie Head as a writer, but more importantly of Bessie Head as a person ... As a conversation, the book already sets the tone for the type of writing that it is. This is a journey for the reader as much as it is for the writer and it is easy for one to finish it in one sitting without being exhausted by the analysis. * Wahza Lopang, Botswana Notes and Records *
In Conversation with Bessie Head is a response to Bessie Head's lifelong rejection of any form of labelling. Mary Lederer addresses Head's confrontation with the restrictive nature of power by emphasising that a reader who is willing to open up to her texts does not gain mastery of them, but rather self-insight. In an interplay between Head's voice and her own subjective and varying reader responses, Lederer moves to the core of Head's philosophy and unfolds the many layers of her writing. The extensive use of quotations enhances the conversational element. * Gillian Stead Eilersen, author of Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears (1995) *
In Conversation with Bessie Head is an intense, moving-and sometimes maddening-engagement with an elusive author. But it stays remarkably faithful to the Bessie Head with whom I worked and struggled, especially in its evocations of Bessie's deeply felt spirituality. This radical recasting of the Head mystique-at once personal and scholarly-is a boon and a challenge to Bessie's many devoted readers. * Tom Holzinger, writer and Bessie Head confidant *
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