Book Launch -- Richard Rive : a partial biography by Shaun Viljoen

Wednesday, 23 October, 2013 - 18:00

Rive CoverWiSER and Wits University Press invite you to their last co-hosted Book Launch of 2013

Shaun Viljoen’s  Richard Rive : a partial biography

Wednesday, 23rd October 2013  6:00-7:30

Speakers: Shaun Viljoen, Sarah Nuttall, Isabel Hofmeyr

With a performance by: Basil Appollis  

Chaired by: Ashlee Masterson

In this sophisticated biography Shaun Viljoen, a former colleague of Rive’s, recreates the composite qualities of a man who was committed to the struggle against racial oppression and to the ideals of non-racialism but was also variously described as irascible, pompous and arrogant, with a ‘cultivated urbanity’. Beneath these public personae lurked Rive’s constant and troubled awareness of his dark skin colour as well as his homosexuality. Viljoen draws his and others’ memories of Rive and examines Rive’s writing in order to bring this complex author to life with sensitivity and empathy. This compelling biography deftly balances the public and the private lives of its subject and invites us to think anew about how we read writers who lived and worked during the years of apartheid.