Lady Anne is one of Antjie’s Krog most acclaimed poetry collections. It was released in 1989, in the last tumultuous decade of apartheid, and received the Hertzog Prize in 1990. In an attempt to make sense of her own existence, Krog juxtaposes her own life in the midst of a world of racial injustice and discrimination, against that of the life and times of Lady Anne Barnard, of Scottish descent, during her stay in the Cape Colony in the late eighteenth century. Ultimately the collection transforms into a document of multiple voices, highlighting the complexity of a colonial legacy – still relevant 26 years later.
This English edition is done in collaboration with Bucknell University Press, US.
The critics say:
Stephen Clingman: “There is a rugged, gripping quality to Krog’s language, digging deep into the nature of South African life and her own self-challenging life
Ingrid de Kok: “Krog engages . .. with originality and power, in poetic language of great beauty, passion and complexity.”
- Lady Anne : A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie Krog
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