Botsotso Books

A History of Disappearance

A History of Disappearance

by Sara Lubala Sarah Lubala’s debut collection of poetry, A History of Disappearance, centres on the experiences of those living on the margins, particularly girls and women. The opening poem, “6 Errant Thoughts on Being a Refugee,” for which Lubala was shortlisted...

Inhabiting Love

Inhabiting Love

by Abu Bakr Solomons In this second collection, following his debut A Season of Tenderness and Dread (published by Botsotso, 2018), Abu Bakr Solomons continues his exploration of the unfolding social and political milieu – worlds in transition – both locally and...

La République Des Singes

La République Des Singes

by Jean Francois Kouadio Comprenons-nous réellement le contenu principiel du contrat social? Comment combattre effacement la corruption. Pourquoi assistons-nous continuellement à la dilution des repères normatifs, à la montée du tribalisme et de la xénophobie? Comment...

On Days Such as This

On Days Such as This

by Gail Dendy From the unusual opening poem (conflating birth with a car crash) to its close (an abandoned suitcase representing an entire lifetime), this book weaves its stories backwards and forwards through time and place. There is insight, sensuality, reflection,...

Botsotso 20

Botsotso 20

Drama: The Dramas of Life edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz, Siphiwe ka Ngwenya, Ike Mboneni Muila Botsotso 20: Drama. The Dramas of Life is an anthology of eight South African plays drawn from the last decade (2008 -18) and engages with personal dilemmas and social...

The Alkalinity of Bottled Water

The Alkalinity of Bottled Water

by Makhosazana Xaba Makhosazana Xaba, with several collections and anthologies to her name, is at the forefront of a poetry that embraces penetrating socio-political insight with highly emotional responses to the love and pain that our country provides in such...

Botsotso 18: Poetry

Botsotso 18: Poetry

edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz With over seventy poets represented, this is a bumper edition of the journal and given the number of interesting and accomplished poems received (over the past two years since publication of Botsotso 17), we believed it worthwhile to...

Botsotso 19: Fiction

Botsotso 19: Fiction

True, False and Fantastical edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz, Siphiwe ka Ngwenya, Ike Mboneni Muila Botsotso 19: Fiction. True, False and Fantastical includes thirty-one pieces by a wide range of southern African writers accompanied with photographs by Moshe Sekete...

The Republic of Monkeys

The Republic of Monkeys

Jean-François Kouadio How can poverty be eradicated? How can Africa be industrialised? How can corruption be fought? How armed conflicts be settled? Why are so many Africans maladjusted once back from western universities? How can religious fundamentalism and...

Footprints of the Heart

Footprints of the Heart

edited by Quaz Roodt An anthology of poetry by students at the University of Johannesburg Footprints of the Heart is an anthology of poetry written by University of Johannesburg students and compiled by Quaz Roodt as part of the University's poetry programme. The...