Cul-de-sac by Elsa Joubert

Multiple award-winning author Elsa Joubert’s memoir about life after the death of her beloved husband.  

Moving into an upmarket retirement home in Cape Town, she has to come to terms with the loss of independence, friends who die and with the changes in her memory and body. Rarely, if ever, has there been such an honest representation of aging in South Africa. Filled with compassion, wisdom and an unfailing touch of humour, CuldeSac invites readers to introspection about their own lives. 

This is a book that leaves no reader untouched, as shown by the phenomenal success of Spertyd, the original Afrikaans text. 

“Seldom has childhood been relived with such clarity, seldom have the humiliations of old age been so nakedly laid open. A moving farewell from one of our great writers.” – JM Coetzee 

“An exceptionally honest and poignant account of a life lived to the limits.” – Rapport


Joubert is the author of the South African classic The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena. Translated into 13 languages, it was selected as one of the 100 most important African books of the 20th century. The New York Times called the play ‘provocative’ and ‘arresting’. Joubert has won multiple literary awards.

For more information about the book or its author, please contact Jean Pieters at or 021 406 3033

Publisher : Tafelberg

 Imprint : Tafelberg Publication

Date : 01 May 2019

Price : R310*

Pages : 208

 Format : 234 mm x 152 mm

 Binding : Paperback / softback

Category : Biography ISBN13: 9780624087793 Epub ISBN: 9780624087809 Mobi ISBN: 9780624087816

 * Price is subject to change

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