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This collection of stories deals with human relationships and attitudes under the oppressive regime in South Africa but shows that black life, through recourse to humour and a common humanity, constantly renews its own initiatives.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 30th 2006 by Penguin Global
(first published 1967)
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Feb 14, 2012 Tuck rated it really liked it · review of another edition
a classic, with nice introductory essay and bibliography. Hard hitting short stories from a south african who is called the "dean of african letters", he went in exile for many years, living from zambia to usa, france, kenya, all over, but always wrote about apratheid more than anything else. Was one of the leaders of literature in south africa after nadine gordimer read his story, "the suitcase". That particular tale encapsulates black experience before 1994. a poor guy, desperately hunting a j ...more
I highly recommend finding and reading these stories. Ezekiel Mphahlele was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. These vivid earthy short stories about rural and urban life of Blacks in South Africa during apartheid have stayed in my mind long after I finished them. I don't usually read short stories but the "Nobel Prize" caught my eye. The stories are poignant portraits of daily life in South Africa written by a South African. The whites are peripheral.
As listed at Brittanica.com: Es'kia Mphahlele, original name Ezekiel Mphahlele (born Dec. 17, 1919, Marabastad, S.Af.—died Oct. 27, 2008, Lebowakgomo), novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and teacher whose autobiography, Down Second Avenue (1959), is a South African classic. It combines the story of a young man’s growth into adulthood with penetrating social criticism of the conditions forced ...moreMore about Ezekiel Mphahlele...