Kaffir Boy

Kaffir Boy

The True Story of A Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa

Book - 1998
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When first published 20 years ago, Kaffir Boy changed the way the West understood South Africa. As powerful today as when it was first written, Mathabane's remarkable story of life under apartheid is told with brutal honesty and gives the reader a rare glimpse, behind the protests and boycotts, of the daily fear and hunger which was so devastating to the soul. Often compared to Richard Wright's Black Boy, Kaffir Boy is a memoir of growing up in a world where poverty, hopelessness and desperation are constant companions.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1998
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed. --
ISBN: 9780684848280
0684848287
Branch Call Number: 968/.00496/0092/Matha 359401 1
Characteristics: xii, 354 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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May 24, 2006

An eye-opening account of the horrors faced by Mathabane and his family while he was growing up in the most desperate ghetto in South Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Only through the encouragement and hard work of his mother and grandmother was he able to finish school and overcome the odds placed before him. Those needing graphic confirmation of the harrowing experience of growing up poor and black in apartheid South Africa will find it in Mathabane's autobiography.

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