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Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke Celebrates Both the Man and His Outlook

Listening to Distant ThunderListening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke by Elizabeth Rankin and Philippa Hobbs is a book that tells the story of the community trauma brought about by forced removals in the Cape, as seen in the art of Peter Clarke.

Although Clarke personally felt the social disruption of forced removal, his art remained optimistic and perceptive.

The book was launched at the David Krut Bookstore in Johannesburg recently. A number of Clarke’s friends and family were in attendance, reminiscing about the belated artist’s humility and exuberant life.

Racine Edwards wrote an article for City Buzz about the launch and how the book came about.

Read the article:

“It was a horror to know that he was gone, but even more of a horror to think that everything would have to be turned into past tense,” [Hobbs] joked, explaining her feelings about the time of Peter’s passing. She continued to explain that the hardest part of writing about someone’s life, while they’re alive, is that you never know where to end and that was especially true for Peter. “He kept us scrambling and towards the end he became even more exuberant!”

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