Meet Jafta, a little boy living in an African village sharing the universal joys and sorrows of childhood. Jafta was born after prize-winning author, Hugh Lewin, was released from prison after a seven-year sentence for his opposition to apartheid. With exquisite poignancy he describes the life of separation Jafta experiences growing up without his father. Later in the series, we learn of Jafta's experience of love for his mother and we share the tenderness and celebration of Jafta's father's homecoming.
The stories live and breathe, beautifully rendered by the lyrical artwork of Lisa Kopper.
The Jafta Series first appeared in 1981 to worldwide acclaim. It has been published in the USA, the UK, France, Japan and Spain and many more countries and has been translated into Swedish, Danish, Finish, Dutch, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Portuguese.
Jafta's father is coming home. He has been away for a very long time, but things are changing in his country and now he can return. Jafta will be able to tell him about all the things that he has missed, and Jafta's father will answer questions that no one else can answer. There'll be a homecoming party bigger than Nomsa's wedding. Because Jafta's father is coming home at last.
About the Author/Illustrator
Hugh Lewinwas jailed by the apartheid state for seven years. After serving the full term he left South Africa on a "permanent departure permit" in December 1971. Ten years in exile in London were followed by ten years in Zimbabwe. During his time in exile he wrote and published the Jafta Series so that he could share the beauty of his homeland with his children. In 1992 he returned to South Africa and became director of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg. He is the author ofBandiet out of Jail, winner of the 2003 Olive Schreiner Prize andStones against the Mirror, winner of the 2011Sunday TimesAlan Paton Award. He worked for theNatal Witness,DrumandGolden City Post.
Authors Hugh Lewin and Lisa Kopper
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