Karen Lazar

Karen Lazar is a lecturer in English at a number of campuses; educated at Wits she lives in Jozi and is a published author of two non-fiction titles, Hemispheres: Inside a stroke (Modjaji Press, 2011) and Echoes (Quartz Press, 2021). She writes in the field of ‘medical humanities’ through which she endeavours, as a stroke survivor who has language, to put forward the voices and perceptions of disabled people who may not otherwise be heard or seen. 

W is for Witness is her first novel.


W is for Witness

W is for Witness is a mischievous hybrid of intertext, cyberstalking, contemporary social critique with a touch of Wordle.

An unusual narrative team splice together their lively viewpoints in pursuit of a word at the heart of a suburb, whilst keeping a beady eye on the whereabouts of the author herself.

‘I read this wonderful contemporary satire with increasing glee. The writing is witty, the literary playfulness deft, the exhortation to look and listen constant. The narrative team’s depiction is infectiously exuberant, whilst the failures of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood in which the story and its keyword unfold are painfully familiar. This unique tale makes possible a spirited but sceptical claim: she who is tired of Linden is tired of life.’ Michael Titlestad (Professor of English, Wits University Johannesburg)