BOOK REVIEW: Tales of the trials and pain of becoming and belonging
I Want to Go Home Forever is a collection of moving stories of people touched by migrancy, xenophobia, crime and violence in the City of Gold
I Want to Go Home Forever — Stories of becoming and belonging in SA’s great metropolisEdited by Loren B Landau and Tanya PampaloneWits University Press With Tanya Pampalone working as a journalist and Loren B Landau heading the African Centre for Migration and Society at Wits University, and the “go-to academic on everything migration and xenophobia in SA”, Pampalone says he was the obvious choice to partner with on a book of “stories of becoming and belonging” in Johannesburg.
They collaborated in 2013 on a book called Writing Invisibilty: Conversations on the Hidden City, a collection of long-form stories exploring “different definitions of migrancy and lives lived outside the mainstream discourse”, she says. Their subjects came not just from SA but reached as far as Kenya and Belgium. “With the ongoing attacks on foreigners in SA and the various migration issues, Loren and I spoke often over the years,” says Pampalone. But it was at the end of 2015, after the xenophobic att...