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Kaffir boy : the true story of a Black youth's coming of age in Apartheid South Africa

by Mathabane, Mark.

Format: Print Book 1987
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction 92 MAT
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  92 MAT
 
 
Summary
Written with courage and conviction, Mark Mathbane's reveals the extraordinary memoir of growing up in a world under apartheid. B & W photo insert. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The intense autobiography of a black teenager's coming-of-age under apartheid describes what it is like to grow up where racism is the savagely imposed law."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this powerful account of growing up black in South Africa, a young writer makes us feel intensely the horrors of apartheid. Living illegally in a shanty outside Johannesburg, Johannes (renamed Mark) Mathabane and his illiterate family endured the heartbreak and hopelessness of poverty and the violence of sadistic police and marauding gangs. He describes his drunken father's attempts to inculcate his tribal beliefs and to prevent his son from getting an educationthe one means by which he might escape from the ghetto. Encouraged by his determined mother and grandmother, Mathabane taught himself to read English and play tennis, and, through the assistance of U.S. tennis star Stan Smith and his own efforts and intelligence, obtained a tennis scholarship from a South Carolina college in 1978. Now he is a freelance writer in New York. In the course of relating his inspiring story, he explains the anger and hate that his country's blacks feel toward white people and the inevitability of their rebellion against the Afrikaner government. Photos not seen by PW. (April 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mathabane, Mark.
Blacks -- South Africa -- Biography.
Apartheid -- South Africa.
Publisher New York :Plume,1987
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: New York : Macmillan, c1986.
Includes index.
Description xii, 354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 0452264715 (pbk.)
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