The Music in the Ice: On Writers, Writing & Older Things

By: Stephen Watson

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In this collection of essays, Stephen Watson turns to the writers who have endured for him; to the places that have formed him; and always to the nature of writing and literature itself.

The range is remarkable: he moves from Leonard Cohen to Dante, from Albert Camus to Allen Ginsberg, not excepting Czeslaw Milosz and T S Eliot. Closer to home, there are essays on Robben Island and the meaning of the Cedarberg. More personally, movingly, a final section of the book returns to the site of a love affair, the birth of a daughter, and what it is that defines his native city, Cape Town.

Whatever Watson touches on, he gives substance to the line from Pasternak that gives this collection its title: 'the music in the ice.' In Watson's hands the essay form itself becomes an instance of that music.

Here is a book that demonstrates again why Justin Cartwright has called Stephen Watson 'South Africa's foremost essayist'.
ISBN:
9780143026907
Publication Date:
01 / 02 / 2011
Pages:
400

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