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As Lionel Abrahams turns 70, South African writers salute his influence on their literary careers. This book brings together poetry and fiction chosen to reflect this great man's rocklike impact. From the chilling journeythrough bleakness in Peter Wilhelm's 'Zeke in Yugoslavia' to the ironic joy in Pnina Fenster's 'The Killing of Cowboy Kate', this broad stretch is an engaging and enjoyable tour across the magnificent terrain of South Africa's established and emerging writes.

"Weighty tribute to a South African Poet."

- Natal Witness

"This collection reflects the rich literary sphere in which Abrahams has been so influential....  a section has been cut through SA literature, revealing more of what has been happening than any other representative anthology, though the focus intends to reflect the impact of a single person’s work upon others. What has been compiled as a tribute to an individual can be read as a celebration of four decades of local literature."

- Financial Mail

"This collection should be in all libraries, public and private, and ought to be available at all SA’s diplomatic offices."

- Financial Mail

 

"A moving and unusual tribute to an extraordinary man."

- Sunday Times

 

"A valuable addition to holdings in South African literature."

- The African Book Publishing Record

The quality of contributions to A Writer in Stone is a fitting tribute to one of South Africa’s foremost literary figures."

- City Press

 

"A Writer in Stone does Abrahams proud."

- The Sunday Independent

"One of the loveliest birthday presents anyone has ever received."

- Sawubona

Cape Town - David Philip Publishers, 1998

A Writer in Stone