The socio-political realities in South Africa for most of the second half of the 20th century ensured a constant tension between public events and private responses. The powerful short stories collected here explore this general theme. In the background are the public events themselves, while the sharpest focus is reserved for the portraits of ordinary people coping with varying degrees of private consequence.
About the Author
Born in the Eastern Cape and widely acknowledged to be one of South Africa’s foremost travel writers, David Robbins began his career with fiction. He sold his first short story at the age of nineteen. ‘Discovering Fire’ is his second volume in this genre. Of his first, The Wall (published in 1989 and focussing on rural Afrikaners), the reviewer in New Contrast remarked that the collection contained “some of the most valuable fiction produced by a South African in recent years”. The same has already been said of his second collection.