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Walking the Road of Death
“Peter Horn is not only a distinguished scholar and poet, but also an accomplished short story writer who understands the complexities of a demanding genre. He approaches his creative work with skill and insight, moulding his material into a variety of forms. Some of his pieces have clearly been shaped by an intensity of sharply focused passion. Other stories rely on the effects of a teasing, wry humour. Still other narratives become incandescent as he uncovers corrupt political motives or distortions of justice. Then again, his short fiction may be sceptical and mildly outrageous, playing knowingly with the reader’s preconceptions or potentially lazy expectations.” Merle Williams
Peter Horn has published seven volumes of poetry, Voices from the Gallows, Ophir (1969); Walking through our Sleep, Ravan Press (1974); Silence in Jail, Scribe Press (1979); The Civil War Cantos (1987); Poems 1964-1989, Ravan Press (1991); An Axe in the Ice, COSAW (1992); The River that Connect us to the Past, Mayibuye (1996). He has published two collections of short stories, My Voice is Under Control Now, Kwela (1999) and Walking the Road of Death, Geko Publishing (2015), and a collection of essays, Writing my Reading: Essays on Literary Politics in South Africa, Rodopi Press (1994). Most of his works were banned by the apartheid regime.
Horn is a professor of literature at the University of the Witwatersrand.