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A Walk in the Night and Other Stories (edition 1968)

by Alex La Guma

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Of French and Malagasy stock, involved in South African politics from an early age, Alex La Guma was arrested for treason with 155 others in 1956 and finally acquitted in 1960. During the State of Emergency following the Sharpeville massacre he was detained for five months. Continuing to write, he endured house arrest and solitary confinement. La Guma left South Africa as a refugee in 1966 and lived in exile in London and Havana. He died in 1986. A Walk in the Night and Other Stories reveals La Guma as one of the most important African writers of his time. These works reveal the plight of non-whites in apartheid South Africa, laying bare the lives of the poor and the outcasts who filled the ghettoes and shantytowns.… (more)
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Title:A Walk in the Night and Other Stories
Authors:Alex La Guma
Info:Northwestern University Press (1968), Paperback
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Tags:africa, South Africa, fiction, short stories

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I am thy father's spirit;
Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night,
And for the day confined to fast in fires,
Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
Are burnt and purged away.

William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Act I, Scene V
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For Tyres, Gogs, and Italiaan
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The young man dropped from the trackless tram just before it stopped at Castle Bridge.
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This is a collection of short stories set in Cape Town's notorious District Six. The stories look at issues of poverty, with characters such as Willieboy, Mikey, Miss Gipsy and Raalt.
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