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The quintessential story collection from "the most important black South African writer of the present age" (George Moore).

Originally published in 1967, In Corner B contains the core stories of the original editions, together with more recent pieces, and is the first new edition of Mphahlele's work since his death in 2008. Written after his return from exile, these stor
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Penguin Classics (first published 1967)
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Tuck
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kyote4me
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carol
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the introduction essay to the very last story.. Wonderful!
Susan_T.
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful stories, most of them set in South Africa, and several essays. "Mrs. Plum"--about a liberal white South African, her servants, and her dogs--was the highlight of the collection for me.
Arlene
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These short stories were entertaining. To think apart"hate" was just the "other day"...anyway, the dialect slowed me down a bit. All in all, it was an enjoyable book.
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Es’kia Mphahlele, born Ezekiel Mphahlele, the name he used until 1977 (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 upon bl ...more
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