Liesl Jobson on the Book Lounge launch of Invisible Others
With Sally, photo by Liesl Jobson
With my Mom and André, photo by Liesl Jobson
“At the launch of Karina Szczurek’s debut novel, Invisible Others, at The Book Lounge last week, this most welcome addition to the South African literary canon received high praise from those in the know. ‘It is a beautifully written novel,’ said an Mervyn Sloman, ‘in a spare style that is simultaneously lavish – it must be the French connection!’ Sloman said the characters are fully drawn with the author sustaining a ‘wonderful novelistic tease’ that keeps one turning the page. ‘This book is an absolute gift to us!’ he said.
Szczurek was joined in conversation by the talented YA novelist, Sally Partridge, who confirmed Sloman’s assessment of Invisible Others as ‘beautiful’. She introduced Szczurek as an author who wore many hats – an academic, editor, essayist, poet and an award-winning playwright. She said the book is an intense study on the nature of damaging relationships and asked Szczurek why she chose to write about this topic….’