The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself
She comes from South Africa but has almost no memories of the place or people there. The only person she has any relationship with is a sex worker whom she pays by the hour. It is only when she begins to connect emotionally with a young boy in her accidental care that she finds some value in herself, some place which she will not allow to be abused, and her life gradually changes.
This meticulously crafted, atmospheric debut novel asks a number of difficult questions about the nature of memory: Who are we if we lose our memories? What does it mean to have no identity? And if we have no identity, no sense of ourselves, how can we make any ethical choices? The answers may not comfort the reader, butThe Story of Anna P, as Told by Herselfgrounds such existential ponderings in a rich imaginative landscape that will linger with the reader long after the last page is read.
About the author
Penny Busettowas born in Durban but grew up and went to school in Cape Town. When she was seventeen, she left South Africa for Italy, where she studied, worked and lived for many years moving from Perugia to Bologna to Milan and finally to Tuscany. She returned to live permanently in South Africa in 1996. Penny lives in Cape Town and is affiliated with UCT's English Department.
Author Penny Busetto