Thursday, 5 March 2015

A CELEBRATION OF FLAMES

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§ A CELEBRATION OF FLAMES : FAROUK ASVAT §
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                              § Winner Of The Vita Award §
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"A Celebration Of Flames  is a powerful, impassioned call. The sanity and courage of this collection arises from the poet's unique experiential perceptions of his milieu, making him one of the few who can write about these traumatic times with such lucidity and lyricism. The strength of Farouk Asvat's poetry lies in the way he intertwines the complex elements of social and political conflicts with intense personal relationships. The wide tonal range extends from sensual and delicate insights into the nature of passion to the satiric and humorous use of slang."
     Vita Award citation

"Like hesitating snowflakes ... his words are fascinating in their capricious wilfulness ... like unexpected strokes of a whip."
     Susanne Baackmann, University Of Albuquerque, USA

"Farouk Asvat … writes about love and suffering, about individualism, snobbishness, pretence and pride, about human and environmental beauty and about opposing oppression, and who deploys metaphysical, lyrical and colloquial language, slang and standard diction, all with equal strength and ease."
     Cosmo Pieterse, Culture In Another South Africa

"Since he has been in the line of fire as both a victim of Apartheid and as a political voice in the struggle for liberation, his evocation of the contemporary South African battlefield and his testimony of the humiliation, isolation, deprivation, degradation and murder, the collective weapons of Apartheid, are chillingly authentic."
     Herbert Steyn, English Olympiad, King Edward VII School.

"A Celebration of Flames (is) a powerful, impassioned call.  I admire the sanity and courage of this.  Your position and perception make you one of the few who can write on this subject without obscenity."
     Lionel Abrahams, editor Purple Renoster & Sesame

"The legend of poet extraordinaire Farouk Asvat: ... like vintage wine, proper poetry matures with time, and like vintage art the voice and wisdom of a poet worth the name is timeless."
     Mphutlane wa Bofelo, kagablog

"... you almost catch your breath at some of the stanzas ... you can re-read it several times and be struck by new ideas, metaphors, elegiac surprises, and the heartfelt poignancy ..."
     Aggrey Klaaste, editor Sowetan

"Out of an angry silence, a polished poet is born."
     Anton Harber, editor Weekly Mail

"Farouk Asvat's award-winning collection of poems crackles with a passionate consuming pace ..."
     Z B Molefe, arts editor City Press

" ... carries conviction and conveys a mounting tension which can be glancingly lyrical and simultaneously politically authoritative."
     Peter Wilhelm, Financial Mail

"Asvat's distrust of rhetorical formulas produces a language that is capable of interrogating the dreams and slogans of the revolution."
     Julia Martin, Upstream

"His love poetry soars with an intense sensitivity, it celebrates lyrically the joys of a most exquisite sensuousness."
     Marcia Leveson, University Of The Witwatersrand, The Indicator

"Here is the poetry which in its very contradictions explores accurately the emotional terrain and tensions of life in the townships today."
     Kelwyn Sole, University Of Cape Town, Staffrider

"... one of the most prolific - and controversial - South African poets "
     Jon Qwelane, editor Sunday Star

"... Farouk Asvat regards the honed word as a means of interrogating the slogans and dreams of the revolution."
     Michael Chapman, Southern African Review

"A Celebration of Flames is so near to the bone, so full of despair and sanity.  There is such gentleness and sadness in the love poetry ..."
     Debbie Arends, University Of Witwatersrand

"... ringing celebrations and criticisms of recent political events ... this collection is an important addition to South African poetry."
     Francis Faller, Johannesburg College of Education, Tribute

"... a love imagery entwined with pain, blood and violence ..."
     Josefa Salmón, Loyola University, USA

"Poetry is not viewed primarily as an art form, but rather as the vital expression of a people struggling to voice its soul ..."
     Phyllis Bischof, The Journal Of Academic Librarianship, University of California, Berkeley

"He conveys a vivid sense of the country's agony, of the brutalization of all those involved in political conflict."
     Amrit Manga`, New Nation

"... (his) poems mirror deep sorrow, passion and the pain of love.  Yet others glint with a quicksilver humour and are effectively salted with the slang of street-talk."
     Neill Darke, Weekend Argus

"... they posses considerable power ... Effective imagery abounds."
     Elspeth Johnson, Daily Dispatch

"A Celebration of Flames by Farouk Asvat addresses the intercommunal atrocities that occurred."
     Priya Narismulu, Journal Of Language And Popular Culture In Africa

"A common feature of the volume is the mingling of internal and external reality into internal psychological disturbance."
     Duncan Brown, English Academy Review

"Farouk Asvat's incisive understanding of human nature and ... evocative description of South African lifestyle under the draconian laws of apartheid."
     Lenasia Times

"... one of the best poets in the country ..."
     Gomolemo Mokae, The Star Tonight

"A Celebration of Flames" has hit the local best-sellers list - a rare feat for a volume of poetry."
     Ameen Akhalwaya, editor The Indicator

"This anthology contains some of the finest political poems published in the past two decades ...."
     Heather Mackie, Business Day

"Asvat ... explores ... the turbulence and fragility of life under apartheid and the sustaining power of love in these times."
     Andrew Martin, National English Literary Museum News

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the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[] a celebration of flames:

donker (1987): isbn-10 # 0868521442
donker (1987): isbn-13 # 9780868521442

piquant publications (2007): isbn-10 # 1920151044
piquant publications (2007): isbn-13 # 9781920151058

kindle (2014):    asin # BOOK077AHK
amazon (2014): isbn-10 # 1500956724
                              isbn-13 # 978-1500956721
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