Denis Hirson was born in Cambridge, England, of South African parents in 1951. He lived in South Africa from 1952 until the end of 1973, the year in which his father, who had been a political prisoner, was released from jail. He studied Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and has since worked as an English teacher, and before that as an actor, in France. He has written four memory books, all of them concerned with South Africa during the apartheid years: The House Next Door to Africa (1986), I Remember King Kong (the Boxer) (2004), We Walk Straight So You Better Get Out the Way (2005) and White Scars (2006). A book of poems, Gardening in the Dark, was published in 2007. Denis Hirson is also the editor of two anthologies, The Heinemann Book of South African Short Stories (with Martin Trump), and The Lava of this Land, South African Poetry 1960-1996. He has translated into English a selection of Breyten Breytenbach's poetry, In Africa Even the Flies Are Happy.
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