The Stars Say 'Tsau'

The Stars Say 'Tsau'

Paperback

By (composer) Antjie Krog

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  • Publisher: Kwela Books
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 236mm x 10mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 28 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Roggebaai
  • ISBN 10: 0795701756
  • ISBN 13: 9780795701757
  • Illustrations note: Ill.8col.ill.
  • Sales rank: 1,637,751

Product description

Bushman stories and songs are arranged into verse by a renowned South African author and poet in this anthology. Using archival material meticulously recorded from a group of /Xam prisoners by the late-19th-century German philologist Wilhelm Bleek and his sister-in-law Lucy Lloyd, these poems remain true to the original text, resulting in haunting tales that tell of mythological beings, hunting, and the spirits of animals. Drawings and watercolors created for Bleek and Lloyd by /Xam speakers from what is now western Namibia provide a vivid visual record of a lost culture, evoking a time when the lives and souls of humans and animals were intimately intertwined.

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"A beautiful and tragic view of a pre-Cartesian culture. Numinous and elusive, these poems are mysterious, mystical, and reflect a vanished world that fills the reader with an elusive nostalgia close to grief. An important publication." --Gus Ferguson, author, "Arse Poetica