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Athol Fugard

Author of "Master Harold" … and the Boys

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Born in Cape Town and educated at Port Elizabeth Technical College and Cape Town University, Athol Fugard is a leading white South African playwright. After finishing his education, Fugard worked as a seaman and journalist before becoming an actor, director, and playwright. His commitment to the show more antiapartheid struggle through his plays and other dramatic productions is as long as it is effective in portraying the traumas of racial tensions in the lives of both white and black South Africans. The setting of his plays is contemporary South Africa, but the bleakness and frustrations of life they present, especially for those on the fringes of society, raise the plays to the level of universal human tragedy. Because of their subject, his plays have sometimes met with official opposition. Blood Knot (1960), about two coloured brothers, one light-skinned and one dark-skinned, was censored, and some of his other works have only been published abroad. Fugard has frequently collaborated in his productions with black playwrights and actors, like John Kani and Winston Ntsona, with whom he produced the highly acclaimed and frequently produced plays, Siswe Bansi Is Dead (1973) and Statements (1972). His work is quite popular in England, and later plays, Master Harold and the Boys (1982), The Road to Mecca (1984), and A Place With the Pigs (1987), have been staged at the National Theatre. Fugard has also written screenplays and a novel, Tsotsi (1980) which was adapted to the screen in 2005 and received an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His recent works are Exits and Entrances (2004), Booitjie and the Oubaas (2006), Victory (2007), Coming Home (2009), Have you seen Us (2009), and The Train Driver (2010). (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Athol Fugard

Tsotsi (1980) 320 copies
The Road to Mecca (1985) 162 copies
Statements (1974) 155 copies
My Children! My Africa! (1990) 108 copies
A Lesson from Aloes (1605) 103 copies
Blood Knot and Other Plays (1991) 67 copies
Township Plays (1993) 63 copies
Valley Song (1656) 58 copies
Boesman and Lena (1969) 45 copies
Tsotsi [2005 film] (1983) — Writer — 43 copies
Notebooks, 1960-1977 (1983) 32 copies
Selected Plays (1987) 21 copies
Exits and Entrances (2005) 19 copies
Sorrows and Rejoicings (2001) 18 copies
New English Dramatists 13 (1968) — Author — 12 copies
Cousins : a memoir (1995) 11 copies
Port Elizabeth Plays (2000) 9 copies
The Island (1999) 9 copies
Captain's Tiger (1999) 8 copies
Playland (1993) 7 copies
Karoo and Other Stories (2005) 7 copies
A Place with the Pigs (1988) 7 copies
The Train Driver (2010) 5 copies
Canção do Vale (2016) 2 copies
Interior Plays (2000) 1 copy
Booitjie en die Oubaas (2008) 1 copy
Dimetos 1 copy

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BooksInMirror | 1 other review | Feb 19, 2024 |
This is a short but poignant play about philosophy, family conflict, and aging. It unfolds quickly and features some meaty monologues by our protagonist.
 
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DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Everyone should read this play. It's truly powerful.
 
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askannakarenina | 7 other reviews | Sep 16, 2020 |
Everyone should read this play. It's truly powerful.
 
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