Sylvia Schlettwein



A Namibian childhood
by Sylvia Schlettwein

88 pages •  2023 • ISBN 978-99945-76-92-0 • 120 x 190mm • Namibia Scientific Society/Kuiseb Publishers

Sylvia Schlettwein, Namibian author and daughter of Minister Carl-Hermann Calle Schlettwein, recalls her childhood in Katima-Mulilo, in what was then called the Caprivi Strip in north-eastern Namibia. In 16 enchanting stories she opens a window on everyday life in pre-independence Namibia from the perspective of a family that became involved with SWAPO at an early age. Told through the eyes of a child, we experience the magic and ruthlessness of Africa, the sober reality of everyday life between German tradition and commitment to Africa, and much more. Katima is a literary journey back in time to the Caprivi in the 1980s and a declaration of love for the beauty and diversity of Namibia’s land and people.

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