Grounds of Engagement: Apartheid-Era African American and South African Writing by Stéphane Robolin (review)
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Stéphane Robolin, Grounds of Engagement: Apartheid-Era African American and South African Writing (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015), 237 pp.

In Grounds of Engagement, Stéphane Robolin asks us to consider the sites of familiarity and difference at which Black writers in varying spaces constructed shared politics and poetics of resistance. This study explores the conversations between African American and South African writers during the apartheid years, drawing on a wealth of archival documents to reveal poetics of Black transnational relations that is both spatial and textual. With beautiful prose and a careful eye for detail, Robolin explores the friendship between Richard Wright and Peter Abrahams, and the articulations of a shared geography in each writer's work. The remarkable complexity of Bessie Head's epistolary exchanges with Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison, and Michelle Cliff make Grounds of Engagement a must read for those interested in black women's internationalism. [End Page 69]

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