A Question of Power
In the village of Motabeng, Botswana - the place of sand - Elizabeth and her son have made their new home, far away from their old life in South Africa. But the past cannot be conveniently left behind at the border. Even though she may be free to reinvent herself in this new country, Elizabeth's mixed racial heritage and urban ways mark her as an outsider. A mind-bending novel that takes the reader in and out of sanity, this semi-autobiographical work tracks Elizabeth's struggle to emerge from the oppressive social situation in which she finds herself and from the nightmares and hallucinations that torment her.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Oct 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
About Bessie Head
Bessie Head, long considered Botswana's foremost writer, was born in 1937 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Her first novel, When Rain Clouds Gather, grew out of her experience of living as a refugee in Botswana. It was followed by two further novels - Maru and A Question of Power - that would in time cement her place as one of southern Africa's most influential authors. Sadly, her early death in 1986 came just as she was starting to achieve international recognition as a writer. In 2003 she was posthumously awarded the South African Order of Ikhamanga in Gold for her 'exceptional contribution to literature and the struggle for social change, freedom and peace'.