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Dora Taylor

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Kalk Bay Books & Penguin SA
invite you to the launch of
Rage of Life
Dora Taylor

Last year, Kalk Bay Books was privileged to host the launch of Dora Taylor’s first two books, Kathie and Don’t Tread on My Dreams,
rediscovered years after her death and now published by Penguin.
This year, we are delighted to be hosting the launch of
Dora Taylor’s third work of fiction, Rage of Life.

Dora Taylor died in exile more than thirty years ago.
With the unearthing of these literary jewels, her voice reveals the political and social ethos of the day, and is startlingly accurate
in depicting relationships between black and white.
She was recently awarded the
South African Posthumous Literary Award.

When: Saturday, 21 March 2009
Where: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Time: 5.30 for 6pm (please note revised starting time)
RSVP: or 021 788 2266 by 19 March 2009. (NB: Please indicate numbers for catering purposes)

About the book

Born and bred in Sophiatown, Linda Malindi is no stranger to poverty and violence. After the killing of her only brother, the jailing and disappearance of her father, and the death of her mother when she is taken in by the family of a distant cousin, she is thrown out on the streets when the cousin and his wife accuse her of soliciting the services of a witchdoctor to infect their daughter with TB.
Once more homeless and alone, pregnant and abandoned by the father of the child, she feels the onset of the birth of her baby. Desperate for help, she remembers being told that Ma-jaze, the notorious hardnosed owner of the shebeen, Angels One, might help her in her predicament.
This is a turning point for Linda.
Ma-jaze befriends her but she loses the baby. She finds solace in the arms of Simon Mangana, who through necessity left his wife and child in his homeland to seek work in the City of Gold. The course of their love affair is charged with turbulence, Simon is lured back to his village, a brief sojourn that ends in sadness and disillusionment and drives him back to Sophiatown – the city jungle which pulsates with vibrancy and vitality, but where all their lives are at stake.


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