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September 26, 2009

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E E Esambe

Hi Dibussi,

I enjoyed reading your picturesque depiction of the Eastern Cape. It must have been a memorable trip for you, I guess.The landscape in South Africa does indeed speak, but in very literal sense though. The undulating hills and valleys, plush with divers vegitation and fed by the dark soil and sea breeze is the main language of the Fronteir Country. The plush countryside that you so nicely described speaks of the peace that all who come to SA want to achieve. The variance between the hills and valleys is a natural depiction of the strong class descrimination that has existed, is existing and will exist for a long time to come. When you look out from the Nelson Mandela Bay into the sea, you might see a storm building. Sometimes, we get a strong storm that hits the coast and causes remarkable destruction. At other times, the sea is just calm and beautiful. That is in brief the language of the Frontier country, a deep representation of the rich history of this country known lovingly as Mzansi.

Wirndzerem GB

Good to read you engaging these new ground of travel literature on africa by africans. it catches up with the present debate in the genre, where african travel lit has for long been monoplized by by the affluent westerners thereby presenting & representing it with commissions & omissions that are tainted with class, race & place biases...and it was thus high time african writers -as some pioneering spirits are already doing- started engaging this docu-aesthetic realism- & reality-packed literature, one that locates not only touristic delights & sites, but also power sites: geographical & cartographic physicalities that are subtly mapped into potent ideological textualities!

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