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Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This series is designed to bring to North American readers the once-unheard voices of writers who have achieved wide acclaim at home, but are not recognized beyond the borders of their native lands. With special emphasis on women writers, Interlink's Emerging Voices series publishes the best of the world's contemporary literature in translation or original English.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Interlink Publishing Group
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Paul
May 02, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: african-novels
“My great hope for African women is that one day they will come into their own. That is why I chose to write” Sindiwe Magona
Sindiwe Magona started her writing career in her late 40s. In an interview she says that in the late 1980s she realised there were very few black women writers in South Africa (she counted 5 at the time) and she recalls being angry that other people were writing about what she and her people were going through. She decided that she must bear witness. You can find the interv
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Kathy Hiester
Nov 12, 2011 Kathy Hiester rated it it was amazing
Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night is a collection of short stories divided into two parts. The first part is a circle of related, gossipy black South African women working as domestic servants for whites. The pieces emphasize the diverse personalities of each woman, and are written in first person in a conversation with one of the other women. The second part encompasses several common short stories set in the 60s through the late 80s, during the Apartheid system in South Africa. The stori ...more
Tom Parrish
Jan 20, 2015 Tom Parrish rated it it was amazing
Shelves: south-africa
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Emily
Feb 08, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
Magona had an interesting way of styling this narrative, at least for part 1. Most of it was written so that it was almost as though we were the protagonist, Atini, who had left her five children behind to work in the city for money to support them. Each chapter of part 1 is a conversation with another woman, another maid, and they tell us gossip about the medems and the maid community. Because everything is gossip, we aren't entirely sure who is a friend and who is simply spreading malice. And ...more
Liz
Jul 10, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it
A great entry into modern African fiction and the apartheid system. Readers can easily draw comparisons between Part One and The Help.

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Belva Hull-pendergrass
Mar 06, 2013 Belva Hull-pendergrass rated it it was amazing
For those of you who read The Help, whether you like it or not but especially if you had a problem with any realism of the subject matter, you should read this last book that I read. It is called Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night and is by Sindiwe Magona. The first half of it is about domestic help in South Africa. The second half is a grouping of short stories of domestic help there also. I could not put it down. I began it late last night and read a third of it before I fell asleep and w ...more
Tiah
May 29, 2009 Tiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not always an easy read, but well worth it.
Andi
Jun 25, 2013 Andi added it
Must re-read.
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