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And They Didn't Die

Ngcobo, Lauretta

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ISBN 10: 0807612634 / ISBN 13: 9780807612637
Published by George Braziller, 1991
Used Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket Hardcover
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New York. 1991. George Braziller. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 245 pages. hardcover. Lauretta Ngcobo (born 1931) is a South African writer. The daughter of Simon Gwina, she was born in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, grew up there, and was educated at the University of Fort Hare. She married Abednego Bhekabantu Ngcobo, a founder and member of the executive of the Pan Africanist Congress. In 1963, facing imminent arrest, the family fled the country, moving to Swaziland, then Zambia and finally England, where she taught school for 25 years. Ngcobo returned to South Africa in 1994. Her husband died in 1997. In 2006, she received the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award of the South African Literary Awards. In 2008, she was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for her work in literature and in promoting gender equality. Cover: Maureen O'Brien. 0807612634. keywords: 40293. inventory # 25632. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Harsh yet poignant, this novel rescues the experience of so many whose stories have remained untold.'--Gillian Slovo. 'And They Didn't Die brilliantly chronicles the untold predicaments of women caught between custom, white law, and the migrant system. Much of its power lies in Ngcobo's talent for complication and nuance, and for her refusal of dogma. It explores what happens when women start asking questions: about cattle and the land, about female power, about tradition, about violence, about sex.'--Anne McClintock, Voice Literary Supplement. 'Ngcobo writes with grace and compassion about one woman's suffering, meanwhile providing insights into. village culture, the injustices of the legal system, the routines and atmosphere of black prisons, and the indomitable spirit of an oppressed people.' --Publishers Weekly. 'Unique in its thoroughness. in portraying the scourge of apartheid in South Africa. Certainly, the life of South African dispossessed rural people has not been so precisely portrayed in literature.'--Sechaba, Journal of the African National Congress. Bookseller Inventory # 25632

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Title: And They Didn't Die

Publisher: George Braziller

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Drawing on firsthand experience, distinguished South African writer Lauretta Ngcobo depicts the lives of rural women in South Africa, paying homage to the extraordinary courage and remarkable endurance of these unsung heroines of the struggle against apartheid.

Set in the barren Sabelweini Valley in the 1950s to 1980s, the novel centers around one young woman, Jezile, whose political consciousness deepens as state laws threaten her earnings and her land. Arrested along with hundreds of others and sentenced to six months hard labor in prison, Jezile returns home to find her child dying of starvation. When her husband is arrested for stealing milk to save the child, Jezile must fight to ensure her family’s survival.

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Lauretta Ngcobo (1931–2015) was a South African novelist and essayist. After living in exile between 1963 and 1994, she lived in Durban. In 2006, she received the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award of the South African Literary Awards. In 2008, she was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for her work in literature and in promoting gender equality. She was named an eThekwini Living Legend in 2012, and in 2014 she received an honorary doctorate of Technology in Arts and Design from Durban University of Technology.

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