Ramoutsa Road is representative of the entire spectrum of the writing of Herman Charles Bosman over a period of 30 years.
Many of the stories were rescued from long-forgotten magazines and journals and were published in a book for the first time.
There are Oom Schalk Lourens stories, veldstories, a prison story and some 'In the Voorkamer' pieces, which were originally written for the now defunct The Forum.
This selection was complied by Valerie Rosenberg, who also provided an introduction and notes relating to each story. Ramoutsa Roadis indeed vintage Bosman.
Herman Charles Bosman (1905-1951) was born in Kuilsrivier but educated in Johannesburg. He is widely regarded as the greatest short story writer to come out of South Africa.
On receiving his degree, Bosman was appointed to a teaching post in the Groot Marico district. It proved to be a most fruitful year for him as the place and people enthralled him and provided him with the background for his best-known works, the Oom Schalk Lourens stories and the Voorkamer sketches.
On his return to Johannesburg for the school holidays, his visit ended in catastrophe in the home of his mother and stepfather, when he fired a hunting rifle at his stepbrother and killed him.
Bosman was sentenced to death, but was later reprieved. He was 21 years old and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment with hard labour. He was, however, released on parole in 1930 after serving four and a half years of his sentence. His prison experiences formed the basis for Cold Stone Jug.
He then plunged into his writing career and became associated with a colourful group of journalists and authors. He married Ella Manson, and the couple became known for their bohemian lifestyle and parties.
He died at home in Johannesburg on 14 October 1951.