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An African Tragedy

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The first book written by a South African Zulu writer in English. The novel is a Christian fable of sin and forgiveness about the corrosive effects of the city on a pair of lovers from the country.
Published 1928 by Lovedale Institution Press
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I'm not sure a 'star' rating is at all relevant to this book -- if you are reading it, you are not reading it for its literary value. This book has historical value in that it is the first English-language novel written by a black South African -- therefore it is a new window into a time and place that is not commonly seen in either history or literature. Keep in mind, however, that this is a book written by a Mission-educated South African -- and its primary intended audience was white South Af ...more
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R.R.R. Dhlomo, (born 1901, Siyamu, Natal [South Africa]—died 1971), African novelist, journalist, and editor who wrote in Zulu and English. His An African Tragedy (1928) was the first novel in English by a Zulu writer.

Dhlomo attended the Ohlange Institute in his hometown and then earned a teacher’s certificate from Adams College at nearby Amanzimtoti. He contributed sketches and moral tales to The
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