Sad South African writer coming to Georgetown

Writer Henrietta Rose-Innes got a month-long scholarship at Georgetown for winning the Caine Prize for African Writing, but she’ll probably spend more time in her room watching The Office than teaching us how they party in Pretoria. I can tell she’s depressed because of the description of her short story’s main character, who she describes as “a version of herself”:

Unlike the other characters, Lynn is unable to accustom herself to the changing world and is left eating crisps at the garage as the others leave.

“She can’t stay in her old ways, symbolised by Cape Town which is now under threat, but she’s also not quite ready to take that step into the broader reality of the country with its dangers and opportunities,”

Aw, cheer up.

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