A Native of Nowhere: The Life of Nat Nakasa - Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
Status: New - Tracing the life of South African writer Nat Nakasa, this biography tells the story of how a quiet, serious African boy growing up in the sleepy...... more
Status: New - Tracing the life of South African writer Nat Nakasa, this biography tells the story of how a quiet, serious African boy growing up in the sleepy coastal city of Durban in the 1940s became part of the generation of outspoken black South African journalists in the 1950s and 1960s. He challenged state-sponsored segregation in that way that only writers can, simply by keeping a detailed record of its existence. On a warm July morning in 1965, he stood facing the window of a friend's seventh floor apartment in Central Park West. Less than a year earlier, Nakasa had taken an "exit permit" from the apartheid government--a one-way ticket out of the country of his birth--and come to Harvard University on a journalism fellowship. Now he was caught in a precarious limbo, unable to return to South Africa but lacking citizenship in the United States, a place that he was beginning to feel offered little respite from the brutal racism of his own country. Standing in that New York City apartment building, he faced the alien city and the next thing anyone knew, he was lying on the pavement below. He was 28 years old. In a short but vibrant career as a writer and editor in the apartheid South Africa of the 1950s and early 1960s, Nakasa penned features for the country's most influential black news magazine, "Drum"; became the first black columnist for the "Rand Daily Mail," a Johannesburg daily newspaper with an antiapartheid editorial stance; and founded a literary journal, the" Classic," to publish African writing. By the time he was in his mid-20s, he had written for the "New York Times" and been invited to Harvard to study journalism. But like so many South African intellectuals of his generation, leaving his homeland was not simply a matter of deciding to go. It was also a matter of deciding never to come back.
Advantages: Vibrant, plenty to do, fantastic people Disadvantages: crime
...I had the opportunity of visiting Johannesburg in a very different light in January of this year, as a tourist. For you see I was born and raised there, but my boyfriend is very much English and had never been to Africa. When you are born somewhere you tend to disregard alot of the tourist stuff (much what my boyfriend does in London) which I can now see I missed out.
07.09.2005 18:40 (07.09.2005 18:39) ·Read review
Ciao members have rated this review on average helpful
Review of Johannesburg
Advantages: Lots of up to date news and gossip Disadvantages: A lot of advertising
...Like them or loath the tabloid press are now part of the British culture and they here to stay.
According to my dictionary a tabloid is a newspaper with pages about half the size of a standard (broadsheet) newspaper, especially one that has relatively short and condensed articles and a large proportion of pictorial matter. However in more recent years the word tabloid has become synonymous...
Advantages: A fascinating life Disadvantages: None
...to be a history book or a political tract, but by virtue of the remarkable father whose life it certainly does seek to honour, it cannot help but be both.
When he died in 1980 Edward Law-Yone was described as ''the first independent newspaper editor of free, post-war Burma, and also, to date, the last''. For the intervening three and half decades since then it would seem that the tribute would...