Prize-winning South African novelist and essayist Imraan Coovadia has used his fiction to explore the vagaries of life under apartheid and in post-apartheid South Africa. He has written novels in many registers: sci-fi, crime fiction, historical fiction, all with a wry, comic touch. In his latest work, Revolution and Non-Violence in Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Mandela (Oxford, 2020) he returns to non-fiction to explore the power of non-violence as a means to enact radical social transformation. He will join us from his home in Cape Town to engage in conversation with IU’s Bill Scheuerman, author of Civil Disobedience (Polity Press, 2018), and a leading theorist of the non-violent tradition.
Imraan Coovadia is a writer and the director of the creative writing program at the University of Cape Town. His fiction has been published in several countries, and he has written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Review of Books, Independent, Times of India, Sunday Independent, Mail and Gaurrdian, and N+1. He graduated from Harvard College. His work has won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize and the M-Net Prize, and has been longlisted for the IMPAC prize.
This event will be held online via Zoom. Registration is required.
Co-sponsored by CAHI, the African Studies Program, the Dhar India Studies Program, the Department of International Studies, and the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University.