From a prison cell, an ironic, supremely rational young Black man tells the story of his all-consuming obsession with a white girl with whom he has been silently communicating across a segregated beach
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Lewis Nkosi is the author of Home and Exile, The Transplanted Heart, and Underground People. He has written for The New York Review of Books.From Publishers Weekly:
"In a few days I am to die," writes the narrator at the start of this novel about a young, black South African man condemned to death for allegedly raping a white woman. He wonders if he would be in the prison cell if he had never spotted the woman sunbathing on the beach. Instead, he muses, he might have gone on to become "the first truly great African writer my country has ever produced." The author, a black who has been banished from his native South Africa, may not yet be a "great" writer, but his words flow smoothly over subject matter that is often painful. As the narrator tells the story of his childhood in a Zulu household, of his first encounter with the white sunbather and of the incident that resulted in the verdict against him, the reader becomes uncomfortably aware of the ugly political and racial ramifications of the situation. Although Nkosi is a talented writer, this work is to be read more for the strength of its message than for the power of its prose. This is a short, but by no means a small, novel.
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Book Description Ravan Press December 1997, 1997. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 174589
Book Description Ravan Press,1997, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Very slight edge wear to softcover. Firm binding. No marks. Bookseller Inventory # 07083