Down Second Avenue

Down Second Avenue


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Format
ePub
Price
$12.99
 
Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101616796
  • 256 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Es’kia Mphahlele’s seminal memoir of life in apartheid South Africa—available for the first time in Penguin Classics
 
Nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1969, Es’kia Mphahlele is considered the Dean of African Letters and the father of black South African writing. Down Second Avenue is a landmark book that describes Mphahlele’s experience growing up in segregated South Africa. Vivid, graceful, and unapologetic, it details a daily life of severe poverty and brutal police surveillance under the subjugation of an apartheid regime. Banned in South Africa after its original 1959 publication for its protest against apartheid, Down Second Avenue is a foundational work of literature that continues to inspire activists today.

Praise

“If Nelson Mandela is our political star, Mphahlele was his literary equivalent.”
—Barney Mthombothi, in The Star

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