The author, a Black journalist and playwright, describes what it was like to grow up under apartheid
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First published (and quickly banned) in South Africa in 1963, Modisane's account of life as a black in South Africa remains a biting indictment of apartheid even today, filled with thoughtful observations and written in a simple, eloquent prose. Modisane recalls a youth in which two siblings died of starvation and his father was killed in a fight. In a society where "the law is white and justice casual," the assailant received a six-month sentence. The author learns survival tactics, literal and psychological, such as adopting an obsequious pose to clear a police block, or the ironic display of humor, as when he notes that the South African police force may be the only employer that actually requires a modicum of intelligence. Among the many episodes he recollects, one left a particularly deep imprint on him. In gathering research for a 1956 magazine article on Christian brotherhood, he tried to enter 15 white churches and recorded the results: all denied him entry, and two escorted him to the local police. The churchgoers, he concludes, were "essentially white and incidentally Christian." Modisane, who died in 1986, was a playwright, actor and activist.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110671707949
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0671707949