Rose Zwi

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Rose Zwi ( 8 May 1928 – 22 October 2018) was a Mexican-born South African–Australian writer best known for her work about the immigrants in South Africa. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, to Jewish refugees from Lithuania, her family moved to South Africa when she was a young girl. In 1967 Zwi graduated from the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) with a BA (Hons) in English literature.[1][2]

Zwi lived briefly in Israel, but returned to South Africa until 1988 when she relocated to Australia. She became an Australian citizen in 1992 and lived in Sydney, New South Wales.

Another Year in Africa[edit]

Another Year in Africa is set in a fictional town of Mayfontein, near Johannesburg in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The novel is a chronicle of exile, alienation and assimilation centering the Jewish community of Lithuanian descent.[3]



Year Title Imprint ISBN
1980 Another Year in Africa Ravan Press ISBN 0869753169
1981 The Inverted Pyramid : a Novel ISBN 086975212X
1984 Exiles: A Novel Donker ISBN 0868520608
1990 The Umbrella Tree Penguin ISBN 0140134107
1993 Safe Houses Spinifex ISBN 1875559213
1997 Last Walk in Naryshkin Park ISBN 1875559728
2002 Speak the Truth, Laughing ISBN 1876756217
2010 Once Were Slaves: A Journey Through the Circles of Hell Sydney Jewish Museum ISBN 9780980545869


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  4. ^ "Olive Schreiner Prize Winners". The English Academy of Southern Africa. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  5. ^ "Rose Zwi". austlit. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  6. ^ "1994 Human Rights Medal and Awards". Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
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