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UnconfessedSouth Africa, 1823: Sila — a woman born in Mozambique, enslaved, and now convicted of killing one of her children — endures a punishing stay...UnconfessedFictionSouth Africa, 1823: Sila — a woman born in Mozambique, enslaved, and now convicted of killing one of her children — endures a punishing stay...2006-11-08Other Press
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Unconfessed

Genre: Fiction; Author: Yvette Christianse; Status: In Season; Publisher: Other Press

South Africa, 1823: Sila — a woman born in Mozambique, enslaved, and now convicted of killing one of her children — endures a punishing stay on Robben Island, a penal colony. There, she works in a quarry, runs her mind over the injustices and pleasures of her life, and formulates ponderous would-be epigrams (”To make a good soup, you need more than water”). Yvette Christiansë, a professor at Fordham University, brings both a scholar’s meticulous research and an academic’s bloodless prose style to Unconfessed, which plods along like Gertrude Stein with a head cold.

Originally posted November 8 2006 — 12:00 AM EST

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