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These stories from the closing days of apartheid rule in South Africa won the Noma Award, Africa's highest literary award, and announced Njabulo Ndebele as an assured and impressive literary voice. He has gone on to become one of the most powerful voices for cultural freedom on the whole of the African continent today. Ndebele evokes township life with humor and subtlety, ...more
Published by Readers International (first published June 1st 1986)
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Fools and Other Stories is a collection of five short stories set in black townships created by the apartheid goverment of South Africa. Unlike some of the more explicitly political literature of its time and place, these stories focus deeply on individual characters, relationships, and daily experiences, both ordinary and extraordinary. Despite the absence of overt political content, the stories reflect the limitations and sufferings caused by the governing and social structure.

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David McDannald
This is a charming collection of stories. "Uncle" was particularly good, as the visiting uncle of the young protagonist teaches the boy about life in a series of funny situations. When Uncle faces a man in the street who's armed with a club and shield, he starts throwing rocks. Later, he tells the boy that if there hadn't been rocks, he would have thrown sand. He says, "when one does fight one must do it very well.” Poignant and recommended.
Njabulo Ndebele writes an essay in “Turkish Tales and Some Thoughts on South African Fiction” that proposes an approach to literature that challenges conventions. In his short story “Fools”, he incorporates the dynamic Zamani, an example of a character comprised of many social processes. Ndebele also shows how his criticisms of superficial characters can be creatively broken; he includes stock characters that act as surface symbols and sets his story in an implicitly political climate. However, ...more
If "Fools" and "Uncle" were the only stories in this compilation, it would be a five-star read.
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This book evoked memories of growing up in dusty streets,playing football, first crushes, streetwise uncles, street fights,township burgeoise and generally brought me tons and tons of nostalgia. Ilove this book, i love the stories it tells, i love the raw real feel f all the stories, i wished they would go on and on..
stories about young men coming of age in a culture of masculinity, families rising to middle-class in a colonized country, and finally two fools, a young-revolutionary and a middle-aged amoral loser. a totally pleasurable read written by an sensitive insightful author.
amazing book. explores human flaws and aspirations in an incredible way.
a must-read if your'e in an intellectual mood
Good about boys and young men growing up in Soweto.
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Professor Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele an academic, a literary and a writer of fiction, is the former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town.

Ndebele's father was Nimrod Njabulo Ndebele and his mother was Makhosazana Regina Tshabangu. He married Mpho Kathleen Malebo on 30 July 1971. They have one son and two daughters. Ndebele was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philoso
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