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One story is that of pampered Ofilwe, growing up in a white suburb, with English as her home language. Lost to her culture and heritage, a new discovery threatens the life she’s come know and ultimately leads her on a journey to uncover a past hidden from her by her parents.

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Kopano Matlwa is one of South Africa’s exciting young authors who’s now released this extremely confrontational account of the black youth growing up in post-apartheid South Africa. Matlwa tells the stories of two different young black women struggling to etch out identities in a society determined to restrict them to the confines of racial stereotypes.

One story is that of pampered Ofilwe, growing up in a white suburb, with English as her home language. Lost to her culture and heritage, a new discovery threatens the life she’s come know and ultimately leads her on a journey to uncover a past hidden from her by her parents.

Fiks is set on escaping her township life and discovering Johannesburg from the other side of the tracks. She’s consumed by self-loathing and although she is repeatedly confronted by racism, remains convinced that to be black is to be irrefutably flawed in the face of the far superior white man. She wants to be ¬†white, to bathe is wealth and glamour but she soon finds the streets of Johannesburg to be unrelenting and that all she’s worked to build is constantly under threat.

 

Additional information

Dimensions 21 × 14 cm
Publisher

Language

English

Date Published

2007

ISBN

9781770093362

Specifications

Softcover, 21x14cm, 190pp