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'A Change of Tongue' is about belonging - to a family, a tribe, a nation, a continent. It is about having a place, losing it, finding another place. As part of this exploration of identity, the author takes on various aspects of Afrikaner mythology.
Paperback, 376 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Struik Publishers (first published February 20th 2003)
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Sean de la Rosa
A Change of Tongue is a complex and brave work exploring the social fabric of modern South Africa and seeks to define what being African truly means. Krog has most definitely matured in her style and approach since writing Country of My Skull. What I found most fascinating was her fearlessness in tackling racism head on - subjects you generally considered taboo are approached openly and in a fair manner. What comes into the light is healed! All very artfully done.

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Annalie
Feb 12, 2011 Annalie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who are interested in South Africa
Recommended to Annalie by: I can't remember!
This book gave me many different perspectives on the problems and challenges facing post-apartheid South Africa. Antjie Krog says herself that she has a talent for telling a story and she certainly proves it here. For years I've been putting off reading it and then I braced myself for a hard slog. To my great surprise it was very easy to read; often heartbreakingly sad but at times so funny that I laughed out loud. Antjie Krog interweaves much of her autobiography into the book. Having read some ...more
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Amanda Brinkmann
Although this book speaks to the South Africa of the past - excavates and surfaces memories and reminders that are not comfortable - it counts as one of the best, interesting and fascinating novels I have read. The story will find resonance with readers globally - the story is all too familiar - racism, judgement, inequality - juxtoposed with humanity, tolerance and the will to risk to improve the life of another. Poignant, sometimes disturbing.

This is on my to re-read list.
AeRi
This is the best book I have read in years. The perfect combination of literary intelligence with knowledgeable subject matter; an incredible work of non-fiction which reads like a novel.
Chase
One of my favorite books on South Africa. Explores the New South Africa in all it complexity and contradictions. Antie Krog is a a poet and a good writer and storyteller.
Tiah
A stunning and brave exploration to the complex social fabric of modern South Africa and the definition of being "African."

Jana
Amazing short essays about life and identity in post-apartheid South Africa.
Mitta Xinindlu
I'm still reading this one. I'm enjoying it. It's fun to read.
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Krog grew up on a farm, attending primary and secondary school in Kroonstad. In 1973 she earned a BA (Hons) degree in English from the University of the Orange Free State, and an MA in Afrikaans from the University of Pretoria in 1976. With a teaching diploma from the University of South Africa (UNISA) she would lecture at a segregated teacher’s training college for black South Africans.

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