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THUNGACHI
Francine Simon

February 2017
64pp
200x130mm
ISBN: 978-0-620-73507-0

AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF SOUTH AFRICA FROM THE AFRICAN BOOKS COLLECTIVE.

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"An ambitious and sophisticated collection that blends formal invention with deeply felt experience." – Kobus Moolman

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With expert, elegant and economical verse, Thungachi blends ancestral Catholic mysticism and ancient folk Hinduism to create new and essential portraits of modern South African-Indian identity and womanhood.

Unflinching and meditative, the collection tracks the journeys, migrations and maturations of peoples, families and the self,  all the while deftly innovating with form, language and style – ultimately marking Simon out as one of South Africa's most unexpectedly excellent poetic debutantes.

Francine Simon was born in Durban in 1990 to South African Indian Catholic parents. Her poetry, which has been published in South African and international literary journals, received the DALRO Poetry Prize in 2016.

She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a PhD in poetry from Stellenbosch University. Currently, she lives in Bolzano, Italy.