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Book suggestions for the lockdown period 

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Escaping the reality of the global pandemic can be done by immersing oneself in a wide variety of books by talented fiction and non-fiction authors.

The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on the mental state of most people, as the anxiety of what the future holds appears more daunting than ever. For some people, the lockdown has freed up a significant amount of time, causing their minds to wander to what could sometimes be a dangerous place.

Reading provides a form of escapism for most, and allows one to tap into other people’s lived experiences and situations. Many South African authors have famously documented the country’s tumultuous history in books such as Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom, Antjie Krog’s Country Of My Skull, and Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness. These books are indicative of some of the hardships that South Africans have overcome throughout the years, highlighting the country’s collective potential to emerge triumphant post-pandemic.

If you need to be completely transported to a fictional world, there are many novels which allow you to forget about the current state of affairs with every turn of the page. These include John van de Ruit’s Spud, JM Coetzee’s Waiting For Barbarians, and Nadine Gordimer’s A World Of Strangers.

Sayushka Naidoo
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