There Goes English Teacher


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On a ‘considered’ whim writer Karin Cronje packs up her life and flies across the world to teach English in a small Korean village. The result is a poignant, heart-achingly funny, scandalous, and deeply moving account of incomprehension, awe, dislocation, belonging, the sticky business of identity and the loss of it, sanity, and the loss of that.
Characters like Dae-ho, her guru man, who reminds her to breathe; dazzling Mae and her bar, Goldfinger; Leona with her rattle snake tongue, and all the others she can’t understand are now the people in her life.
Back home is her son who has fallen in with a suspect character and her friends who now seem like dung beetles each rolling their own ball of muck. They, together with the tip of the African continent, are about to disappear into the sea.
She has only herself. And that sure as hell feels inadequate.
With her inimitable voice Karin Cronje shocks and delights as she digs deeply into the full catastrophe of being human.



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Date de parution 19 octobre 2018
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EAN13 9781928215622
Langue English

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Also by Karin Cronje:
This Protracted Birth, short story, in Lyfspel/Body Play(1994)
Vir ’n pers huis(1998)
Aah, short story, in40 is g’n vloekwoord(1999)
Alles mooi weer(2008)
Published in 2018 by Modjaji Books Cape Town, South Africa
© Karin Cronje Karin Cronje has asserted her right to be identified as the author of this work. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying or recording, or be stored in any information storage or retrieval system without permission from the publisher.
Some names of people and places have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.
Edited by Alison Lowry Cover text and artwork by Gretchen van der Byl Book layout by Andy Thesen Set in Stone
Printed and bound by RSA Litho, Cape Town ISBN print: 978-1-928215-61-5 ISBN ebook: 978-1-928215-62-2
For Marko Coetzee and Karen Trudel for your warm hearts and unshakeable presence in my life
When we are young, the words are scattered all arou nd us. As they are assembled by experience, so also are we, sentence by sentence, until the story takes shape.
– Louise Erdrich
Gweng-Song Seon-Chang Home? Acknowledgements