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Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho Steps onto the Red Carpet at the Beijing International Book Fair

A Traumatic RevengeThe Violent Gestures of LifeTshifhiwa Given Mukwevho, the author of A Traumatic Revenge and The Violent Gestures of Life, was a guest at the Beijing International Book Fair recently, along with Sihle Khumalo, Professor Andries Oliphant, Primrose Mrwebi and Bathandwa Mcuba.

The trip was a first Mukwevho, who had never flown overseas before, and he says the highlights were the roundtable discussions he took part in with writers in Beijing and Tianjin, discussing recent developments in South African and Chinese literature.

“It dawned on me, during these discussions, that writers in China and SA have a lot in common – we share a love of reading and a passion for writing,” he said.

Phathutshedzo Luvhengo wrote an article for the Limpopo Mirror on Mukwevho’s experiences in China:

“The CWA welcomed us heartily and we spent all those days experiencing the history and cultural heritage of the country,” Mukwevho said. “We got to Beijing in the evening and the following morning we visited the magnificent Forbidden City.”

The great achievements in literature from ancient times to the present were also brought to the writers’ attention. A visit to the National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature and the former residence of the late highly regarded Chinese playwright, Mr Cao Yu, revealed the beauty of Chinese literary history. “I noticed that the people of China, or those in power, work hand in glove with artists to see that the needs of the artists are met, and that all practising artists’ works are documented in museums,” he said.

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