Lewis Nkosi

Fiction writer, critic, and essayist

Friday 5 December 2003 at 17.15–19.15

We will meet Lewis Nkosi in conversation with Mai Palmberg at the Nordic Africa Institute. Nkosi was born in Durban, South Africa, and has been involved in the discourse of black South Africans since the 1950s, when he worked for the pioneering magazine, Drum. In 1960, Nkosi accepted a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism at Harvard University and was forced into exile. From 1991 to 1999, he was tenured professor at the University of Wyoming and has taught literature at a number of American, European, and African universities.

Lewis Nkosi’s prize-winning first novel, Mating Birds (1983) was published in Swedish (Parningslek: roman från Sydafrika) in 1986 and reprinted in 1987. His second novel, Underground People was reprinted in English in 2003. Nkosi’s publications include, the essays: Home and Exile (1965), Tasks and Masks: Themes and Styles of African Literature (1981), and the plays: The Rhythm of Violence (1964) and Malcolm (televised 1967). Nkosi’s play, The Black Psychiatrist has toured a number of African countries. His study, Nadine Gordimer is in press.

Venue: The Nordic Africa Institute, the library. Kungsgatan 38, Uppsala

Enquiries and further information: Inga-Britt Isaksson Faris
Phone (direct): 018-562211.
E-mail: Inga-Britt.Isaksson_Faris@nai.uu.se


Mai Palmberg
coordinator for "Cultural Images in and of Africa".

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