The Music in the Ice

The Music in the Ice : On Writers, Writing and Other Things

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In this collection of essays, Stephen Watson turns to the writers who have endured for him; to the places that have formed him; and always to the nature of writing and literature itself. The range is remarkable: he moves from Leonard Cohen to Dante, from Albert Camus to Allen Ginsberg, not excepting Czeslaw Milosz and T.S. Eliot. Closer to home, there are essays on Robben Island and the meaning of the Cedarberg. More personally, movingly, a final section of the book returns to the site of a love affair, the birth of a daughter, and what it is that defines his native city, Cape Town. Whatever Watson touches on, he gives substance to the line from Pasternak that provides this collection with its title: 'the music in the ice'. In Watson's hands the essay form itself becomes an instance of that music. Here is a book that demonstrates again why Justin Cartwright has called Stephen Watson 'South Africa's foremost essayist'.
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  • Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • 0143527819
  • 9780143527817

About Stephen Watson

Stephen Watson, who has taught in the English Department and the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town during the last twenty years, is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently The Light Echo and Other Poems. He has also published a number of non-fiction works and is the editor of A City Imagined, a collection of essays on Cape Town, the city where he was born and continues to live.
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