Kurt gives an overview of the book:
For all 11 official languages spoken in South Africa, the common vernacular is violence. Violence is part of daily discourse for all races, ages, religions and places: criminal violence, political violence, domestic violence, rape and other sexual violence, institutional violence, gratuitous violence rooted in relentless poverty and pathological despair and medical violence committed against those with HIV. Violence determines the structure and rhythm of ordinary life. Where and how we live. When and how we travel. What we converse about. Whom we have sex with, and how. The nation may reel from a xenophobic pogrom, but this is only a sensational eruption against a backdrop of everyday violence.
Kurt Ackermann's stories, memoir, magazine articles and opinion pieces have been published in North America, the UK and South Africa.
His recent story THE STAYING GROUND appears in the anthology From Jo'burg to Jozi: Stories about Africa's infamous...