Mail & Guardian review of <em>The Shouting in the Dark</em>

Mail & Guardian review of The Shouting in the Dark

The Mail & Guardian‘s Jane Rosenthal has written the following of The Shouting in the Dark:

It’s a remarkably involving story in which Boehmer shows us how the complex and clever old tyrant nevertheless shapes his daughter’s political sensitivity, if only in resistance. A subtle and passionate voice, Boehmer examines survival in all its manifestations in a new country.

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The Shouting in the Dark at the London Literature Festival

The Shouting in the Dark at the London Literature Festival

The Southbank discussion of Elleke Boehmer’s The Shouting in the Dark on 11 October 2015 formed part of the ‘Tell Me Something I Don’t Know’ festival, and explored the topic of toxic secrets and forbidden love within families – here, the teenage character Ella’s infatuation with her parents’ African gardener, Phineas. The lively conversation with the audience shed light on some of the unspoken and now nearly forgotten aspects of apartheid, such as the ban on relations ‘across the colour bar’. We also celebrated how stories, and not history, take us inside the skin of another.

Op de veranda at De Balie: summary and videos

Op de veranda at De Balie: summary and videos

Op de verandaThe inaugural discussion of the Dutch translation of The Shouting in the DarkOp de veranda – was wide-ranging and stimulating and paid tribute to Joost Poort’s accomplished and sensitive translation. As well as Elleke Boehmer, the participants were the novelist Karin Amatmoekrim and public intellectual Naomi Wolf, and the session was chaired by cultural commentator Wim Manuhutu. After a short but impassioned introduction to this ‘life-changing’ novel by Naomi Wolf, Elleke kicked off the discussion with a reading from two sections of the novel in Netherlands. The conversation then covered a range of topics including how the novel worked as ‘crafted fury’, on white guilt against black belonging, on the lure of apartheid for post-war Netherlands immigrants to settlers, on how literature works against authoritarian systems of power, and on the novel as bio-fiction.

Later in the evening, Boehmer and Wolf again appeared on De Balie stage together, now to talk about what was billed Feminism 4.0 and about women’s post-millennial self-expression on various different platforms.

Conversation with Elleke Boehmer and Zoë Wicomb

Conversation with Elleke Boehmer and Zoë Wicomb

Elleke will be in conversation with Zoë Wicomb about The Shouting in the Dark at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on 26 October 2015.

The event is hosted by the Centre for English Studies, SOAS with the Southern Africa Seminar Series, University of London.

Literary Salon: ‘Unlearning Childhoods’ with novelists Caryl Phillips and Elleke Boehmer

Literary Salon: ‘Unlearning Childhoods’ with novelists Caryl Phillips and Elleke Boehmer

Renowned authors Caryl Phillips and Elleke Boehmer read from their new novels, and discuss how they evoked troubled childhoods, race, the buried, unspoken violence of history.

Phillips’ The Lost Child (‘complex and compelling’ Independent) investigates Northern England’s slavery connections, reimagining the figure of Heathcliff.

Boehmer’s sixth novel, The Shouting in the Dark, described by J.M. Coetzee as ‘disturbing as it is enthralling,’ tells of a girl’s struggle against her father’s oppression while searching for a secure footing amidst the moral chaos of apartheid South Africa.

This event will be chaired by celebrated Leicestershire-based poet, editor and psychotherapist Mahendra Solanki.