Books set in South Africa (25)


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A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season by Andre Brink EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
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As startling and powerful as when first published more than two decades ago, André Brink's classic novel, A Dry White Season, is an unflinching and unforgettable look at racial intolerance, the human condition, and the heavy price of morality. Ben Du Toit is a white schoolteacher in suburban Johannesburg in a dark time of intolerance and state-sanctioned apartheid. A simple, apolitical man, he believes in the essential fairness of the South African government and its policies—until the sudden arrest and subsequent "suicide" of a black janitor from Du Toit's school. Haunted by new questions and... continue

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Benditos sean los muertos by Malla Nunn ES

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Country: Africa / Eswatini flag Swaziland
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Regresa el detective Emmanuel Cooper con esta poderosa novela sobre dos comunidades forzadas a enfrentarse entre sí después de un asesinato que deja al descubierto sus más íntimos secretos en la Sudáfrica del apartheid. «Un prodigio de destreza.» Kirkus Reviews «Absorbente. Soberbia.» Publishers Weekly El cadáver de Amahle, una hermosa joven zulú de 17 años, aparece en una ladera de los Montes Drakensberg, cubierto de flores, entre el poblado donde su padre es jefe tribal y la enorme granja de un blanco donde trabajaba. El detective Emmanuel Cooper y su ayudante Shabalala, también pertenecient... continue


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Coconut

Coconut by Kopano Matlwa EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
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An important rumination on youth in modern-day South Africa, this haunting debut novel tells the story of two extraordinary young women who have grown up black in white suburbs and must now struggle to find their identities. The rich and pampered Ofilwe has taken her privileged lifestyle for granted, and must confront her swiftly dwindling sense of culture when her soulless world falls apart. Meanwhile, the hip and sassy Fiks is an ambitious go-getter desperate to leave her vicious past behind for the glossy sophistication of city life, but finds Johannesburg to be more complicated and unforgi... continue

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Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
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The heroine in this actor's tour-de-force is an ordinary middle class English housewife. As she prepares egg and chips for dinner, she ruminates on her life and tells the wall about her husband, her children, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece to search for romance and adventure. Ultimately, Shirley does escape to Greece, has an "adventure" with a local fisherman and decides to stay. This hilariously engaging play was a hit in London and New York, performed by Pauline Collins, who later recreated her role on film garnering an Oscar nomination.

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Desgracia by J. M. Coetzee ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
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Considerada por muchos como la obra maestra de J.M.Coetzee hasta la fecha. Novela sobre la nueva Sudafrica y retrato de una sociedad en estado de violenta metamorfosis, esta obra aborda cuestiones politicas y personales con una hondura solo al alcance de los grandes.

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El conservador by Nadine Gordimer ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
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La única idea que Mehring, un industrial cincuentón y aún atractivo para las mujeres, tiene por clara en su vida es la que debe conservar a toda costa su modo de vida. Ni su amante izquierdista, ni su hijo —un colegial presuntuoso que lleva pelo largo, consiguen socavar su convicción de que tiene el derecho inalienable a seguir en posesión de sus bienes. Y nadie parece cuestionarlo : ni los trabajadores negros que cuidan de su finca en el Transvaal, ni los indios que venden los productos de su tierra, ni los hacenderos boers que le consideran un simple aficionado en los asuntos del campo, ni l... continue

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Formas de morir by Zakes Mda ES

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Un hombre y una mujer en Sudáfrica. Toloki, un vagabundo feo y maloliente, una figura estrafalaria y enternecedora, con su sombrero de copa y su traje carnavalesco, va de funeral en funeral ofreciendo sus servicios de plañidero a cambio de unas pocas monedas. Noria, en cambio, es una mujer bella, fuerte y generosa, que se ha convertido en el símbolo de la resistencia de las mujeres tras años de miseria marcados por la tragedia de perder a sus dos hijos. Un día, en el entierro de un niño, Toloki reconoce a la madre: es Noria, su amiga de la infancia. Su reencuentro en la ciudad y el relato de s... continue

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Going to the Mountain

Going to the Mountain : Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela by Ndaba Mandela EN

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The first-ever book to tell Nelson Mandela's life through the eyes of the grandson who was raised by him, chronicling Ndaba Mandela's life living with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians the world has ever known. To the rest of the world, Nelson Mandela was a giant: an anti-apartheid revolutionary, a world-renowned humanitarian, and South Africa's first black president. To Ndaba Mandela, he was simply "Granddad." In Going to the Mountain, Ndaba tells how he came to live with Mandela shortly after he turned eleven--having met each other only once, years before, whe... continue

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Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Description:
Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy. Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have ... continue