Life and Works of Bessie Head
|Author: ||Ola, Virginia|
This study approaches Bessie Head not just as a successful African female novelist but as a sensitive philosopher and humanist whose works are dominated by recognizable philosophical ideas about the universal issues of love, religion, power, racism, injustice, sexual and financial exploitation, all treated in a radical way. Her deep commitment to people and an involvement in questions of poverty and exploitation are motifs which run through her work. This book shows Head as she reworks her usual themes taking us through a stylistic landscape that bypasses the typical Apartheid landmarks and arrives whole, independent, paradoxical, sublime, yet ordinary.
"Readers familiar with the feminist debates concerning women in African literature will find in Ola's study of Head a refreshing and courageous perspective insisting that vituperative placards do not necessarily win revolutions. The study is suave and mature and executed with a sensitivity bound to be admired and respected by those who appreciate the value of dialogue as a means of resolving dispute." -- Chimalum Nwankwo