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'Dust, Thirst, Loneliness, Waiting, Fatigue, Life' (2021)
'Dust, Thirst, Loneliness, Waiting, Fatigue, Life' (2021)
'Dust, Thirst, Loneliness, Waiting, Fatigue, Life' (2021)
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'Dust, Thirst, Loneliness, Waiting, Fatigue, Life' (2021)

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Sean O'Toole

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An extract:
 
What’s it about? Sylvie Moulin. Who?
 
I’d never heard of Sylvie Moulin until I chanced upon an English translation of Distant Allegiances (1984) on a bargain table in Kalk Bay, near Cape Town. I parsed her introduction in the sceptical manner of a book buyer who not only reads but also writes.
 
"Dust, thirst, loneliness, waiting, fatigue – these are the writer’s obligations to knowing."
 
Huh? I reread the statement, closed the book, and continued browsing. Who isn’t familiar with these obligations? Maybe not the dust, not as a persistent complication, but the rest of things – thirst, loneliness, waiting, fatigue – are pretty much standard contracts in any life. At length, after unsuccessfully trawling the bookshop’s familiar shelves, I returned to the marked-down copy of Distant Allegiances on the bargain table.
 
A year or two later I found myself in Mali chasing after Sylvie.
 
A chapbook written by Sean O'Toole about a trip to Mali in 2007, Dust, thirst, loneliness, waiting, fatigue, life was produced by Dream Press in 2021.
 
19.5 x 13.5cm | 38 pages | softcover
 
Sean O’Toole (b. 1968) is a Cape Town-based journalist and writer. He is the former editor of Art South Africa, a quarterly print magazine focusing on contemporary South African and African art. He writes a weekly column on photography for the Sunday Times, and a biweekly art column for the Financial Mail.