WINNER OF THE 2009/10 EUROPEAN UNION LITERARY AWARD
Thematically, Deeper than Colour explores the wide gulf between our view of ourselves, how we are seen by others, and the dispassionate images seen through the cold lens of a camera. Angus has been traumatised by his time on the Border and now begins to film himself doing ordinary things, to try to understand his life. It is impossible, he says, for an abnormal person to have a normal life in an abnormal city like Johannesburg. The effect of the Border War on young white males has received little attention from novelists. Many troubled people are roaming our deeply divided country.
It is these circumstances of present and remembered trauma that became the melting pot from which Deeper than Colour emerges.
About the Author
James Clelland was born in Scotland but has lived most of his adult life in Johannesburg, having emigrated here in 1982 as a research biochemist. He is a Doctor of Biochemistry and has published a wide variety of scientific articles in international journals. James became a citizen of South Africa in 1992. He has been writing most of his adult life and has published about a dozen short stories in various UK literary magazines. One short story won a prize in a Scots language competition, while two were published in UK Arts Council anthologies. Writing continued in South Africa, as a writer for Woman’s Forum, fiction reviewer for the Rand Daily Mail, and short story writer for Springbok Radio.
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