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There Goes English Teacher: A Memoir – Karin Cronje

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There Goes English Teacher: A Memoir – Karin Cronje

Karin Cronje discusses her memoir 'There Goes English Teacher'. (Editing: Christo Greyling)

27th November 2018

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On a ‘considered’ whim writer Karin Cronje packs up her life and flies across the world to teach English in a small Korean village. The result is a poignant, heart-achingly funny, scandalous, and deeply moving account of incomprehension, awe, dislocation, belonging, the sticky business of identity and the loss of it, sanity, and the loss of that.

Characters like Dae-ho, her guru man, who reminds her to breathe; dazzling Mae and her bar, Goldfinger; Leona with her rattle snake tongue, and all the others she can’t understand are now the people in her life.

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Back home is her son who has fallen in with a suspect character and her friends who now seem like dung beetles each rolling their own ball of muck. They, together with the tip of the African continent, are about to disappear into the sea.

She has only herself. And that sure as hell feels inadequate.

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With her inimitable voice Karin Cronje shocks and delights as she digs deeply into the full catastrophe of being human.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karin Cronje is the author of two novels, Vir ’n pers huis (1998) and Alles mooi weer (2008), for which she won the Jan Rabie/Rapport Prize. She is a part-time lecturer in the Music Literacy Department at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

There Goes English Teacher is published by Modjaji Books

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