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A Woman Alone by Bessie Head
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Jul 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: african-literature, african-writers-series, african-autobiography, essays
Read from September 23 to October 15, 2012

If Batswana writer (born in South Africa) Bessie Head had a blog the content of this book would make up an exceptional blog, but really her writings are too good for a blog, in my humble opinion. This is a wonderful chronological collection of Bessie Head's reflections on life containing stories on Southern Africa, the history of South and Southern Africa and Botswana, village life, apartheid, racism, colonialism, the art of writing,the treatment of women in Botswana, and even her impressions on when she visited an American mid-Western town. This book is the beautiful, poetic, and subtle reflections of a woman who faced an incredibly difficult life from the very outset but still in the face of it could see the beauty of existence and would remain cautiously optimistic. Bessie Head is indeed one of Africa's greatest writers and from my readings over the years, she was one of the great writers of the 20th century

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Bessie Head
“I once sat down on a bench at Cape Town railway station where the notice "Whites Only" was obscured. A few moments later a white man approached and shouted: 'Get off!' It never occurred to him that he was achieving the opposite of his dreams of superiority and had become a living object of contempt, that human beings, when they are human, dare not conduct themselves in such ways.”
Bessie Head, A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings

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07/12/2016 marked as: african-literature

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