Ja, No Man

Ja, No Man : A Memoir of Pop Culture, Girls, Suburbia ... and Apartheid

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Ja, No, Man is an eerily familiar portrayal of the life of an ordinary white South African growing up during Apartheid-era South Africa. Told with extraordinary humour and self-awareness, Poplak's story brings his gradual understanding of the difference between his country and the rest of the world vividly to life. A startlingly original memoir that veers sharply from the quotidian to the bizarre and back again, Ja, No, Man is an enlightening, darkly hilarious, and, at times, disturbing read.
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  • Electronic book text | 312 pages
  • Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • 0143527002
  • 9780143527008

About Richard Poplak

Richard was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1973 and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1989. He trained as a film-maker and fine artist at Montreal's Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials. A full-time writer, he can be found learning to play polo, chasing big game in Africa, investigating German sub-subcultures in Namibia, eating at TGI Fridays in the Middle East, bowling in Kazakhstan and racing Mercedes sports sedans in Russia. Ja, No, Man was longlisted for the Alan Paton Award and shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize.
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