A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings (Heinemann African Writers Series)
By: Bessie Head (author)Paperback
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'I need a quiet backwater and a sense of living as though I am barely alive on the earth, treading a small, careful pathway through life.' A Woman Alone is a collection of autobiographical writings, sketches and essays which covers the entire span of Bessie Head's creative life, up to her death in 1986 at the age of 49. It reveals a woman of great sensitivity and vitality, inspired through her knowledge of suffering in a 'reverence for ordinary people' and finding some healing for her own anguish in a quiet corner of Africa.
Born in South Africa, Bessie Head, had a traumatic life and she drew heavily upon her experiences for her novels. Her first novel, "When Rain Clouds Gather" grew out of her experience as a refugee, and was followed by "Maru" and "A Question of Power" (1973). In 1977 she published "The Collector of Treasure"s, a book of short stories exploring the position of women in Africa. Bessie Head died in Serowe, Botswana in 1986, aged only 49.
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