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Presenting The Best Stories and Humour of Herman Charles Bosman

The Best Stories Die beste verhale en humor van Herman Charles BosmanIn 2013 Human & Rousseau celebrates 50 years of publishing Herman Charles Bosman’s books with The Best Stories & Humour of Herman Charles Bosman. Unto Dust was first published by H&R in 1963.

This reissued collection contains the best of Bosman’s stories and humour, previously published in two volumes: Starlight on the Veld: Best of Herman Charles Bosman’s Stories and Recognising Blues: Best of Herman Charles Bosman’s Humour.

Starlight on the Veld is a collection of 25 of Bosman’s finest stories – the most striking, the most moving, the most memorable. Oom Schalk classics like “Mafeking Road”, “In the Withaak’s Shade”, “The Rooinek” and “Makapan’s Caves” are included, alongside ‘Voorkamer’ pieces like “School Concert” and “Birth Certificate”. In famous stories like “A Boer Rip van Winkel” and “Old Transvaal Story” we hear the voice of the author musing self-ironically on the art of storytelling.

Recognising Blues: Best of Herman Charles Bosman’s Humour gathers together some 30 pieces across the full extent of Bosman’s career, from schoolboy gags through to last laughs. As Bosman himself said, he was known for having a vein of humour running through his work that made him popular with his faithful readers. This collection includes well-known gems like “A Bekkersdal Marathon” and “A Visit to Shanty Town”, where his satirical irony ran at full force, through to some previously uncollected essays and reports which show him always to have been South Africa’s most genial commentator.

Ook beskikbaar in Afrikaans as Die beste verhale en humor van Herman Charles Bosman.

About the author

Herman Charles Bosman was born in Kuilsrivier on February 3 1905. He attended school in Johannesburg and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand. He subsequently became a teacher in the Great Marico district.

In 1926 he was sentenced to death after his stepbrother died in a shooting incident, but it was later mitigated to a prison sentence. He was released in 1930 and went to live in Johannesburg and later in England, where he worked. When the Second World War broke out, he returned to South Africa. He worked as poet, writer and journalist. He died of a heart attack on October 14 1951.

Herman Charles Bosman is one of South Africa’s finest storytellers. His debut was in 1947 with a collection of short stories, Mafeking Road and other stories. His other famous works are Cold Stone Jug (1949) and A Cask of Jerepigo (1957).

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