Unconfessed South Africa, 1823: Sila — a woman born in Mozambique, enslaved, and now convicted of killing one of her children — endures a punishing stay… Unconfessed South Africa, 1823: Sila — a woman born in Mozambique, enslaved, and now convicted of killing one of her children — endures a punishing stay… 2006-11-15 Fiction Other Press
Book Review

Unconfessed (2006)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 15, 2006; Writer: Yvette Christianse; Genre: Fiction; 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 Nov 07, 2006
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