Impossible Return: Cape Town’s Forced Removals

Impossible Return: Cape Town’s Forced Removals
Impossible Return: Cape Town’s Forced Removals

Impossible Return: Cape Town’s Forced Removals

Anger, hurt, loss, rejection … these feelings are familiar to the families who, in the early 1970s, were forced from their homes in Harfield Village in Cape Town’s southern suburbs. Siona O’Connell brings their stories to light. She examines the lost ways of life, the sense of home and belonging.

 

Detailed Information

  • Title: Impossible Return: Cape Town’s Forced Removals
  • Author: Siona O’Connell (With the Photographs of David Brown)
  • Publisher: Kwela Books
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • ISBN: 9780795708961
  • Bib. Info: Paperback; 160pp

Anger, hurt, loss, rejection … these feelings are familiar to the families who, in the early 1970s, were forced from their homes in Harfield Village in Cape Town’s southern suburbs. Siona O’Connell brings their stories to light. She examines the lost ways of life, the sense of home and belonging.

David Brown’s images show what life was like in Harfield before the removals, and his images are echoed by recent photos of the same former residents.

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