Richard Rive
(1931-1989)

South African writer born in District Six, Cape Town, a working class area that is of prim importance in his novels. A firm enemy of racism and apartheid, his novels reflect this.




Novels
Buckingham Palace (1986): 202pg, deals with the inhabitents of a certain small section of District Six, a working class area in Cape Town, famous for its cosmopolitanism, with all different races and religions living together. The characters are introduced, and through them the rhythm of life in District Six is shown, as well as the fraternal spirit that existed between people who were supposedly "different" because of varrying skin colors and religions. Although poor, it is shown as a district with personality where at least its inhabitants could be comfortable. Looming over the characters is the apartheid campaign to destroy District Six little by little, its cosmopolitianism a direct affont to the racist government. Declared a "whites-only" area in 1966, removals began in 1968 and continued for many years after. This little part of District Six slowly fades away, its residents forced into "townships" (slums) far outside the city, where crime is rampant, and living conditions horrible. A fiercly anti-racist novel, it has many comedic elements, yet at the same time is an incredibly emotional novel, partly due to the intense sympathy with the characters that the reader can't resist.

Emergency (1963): 237pg,

Emergency continued (1990): 184pg,


Short Stories
Advance Retreat

No Room at Solitaire

Resurrection