South Africa by Jane Davis
A Botched Civilization?: Racial Conflict and Identity in Selected n Novels

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South Africa: A Botched Civilization? examines how South African novelists, both Black and white, portray the impact of racial conflict on the identities of both the oppressed and the oppressor. This book gives an in-depth analysis of several major authors and focuses on prejudice and its consequences. The discussion of racism and identity is of central importance to the history and the present of South Africa. While the book focuses on literature of the era of segregation and of apartheid, the analysis of the novels reveals barriers to past, present, and future racial progress in South Africa.
 

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Published December 26, 1996 by UPA. 216 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Early in this book, a white Johannesburg housewife, nervous over recent riots, says to her black servant, ""At least I can count on you to protect me. . . can't I, Cephas?"" To which Cephas replies, ""Ma'am, you're the first one I'm going to shoot."" This symbolizes the kind of inside hidden war ...

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"One could argue that the African National Congress is the most quixotic guerrilla organization in modern times," Stephen Davis writes in his studied account of the ANC, the most important opposition to South Africa's racist regime.

Nov 29 1987 | Read Full Review of South Africa: A Botched Civil...

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