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Kaffir Boy

When first published 20 years ago, Kaffir Boy changed the way the West understood South Africa. As powerful today as when it was first written, Mathabane's remarkable story of life under apartheid is told with brutal honesty and gives the reader a rare glimpse, behind the protests and boycotts, of the daily fear and hunger which was so devastating to the soul. Often compared to Richard Wright's Black Boy, Kaffir Boy is a memoir of growing up in a world where poverty, hopelessness and desperation are constant companions.
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Mark Mathabane is a bestselling author and lecturer. He is also the author of Miriam's Song and Kaffir Boy in America. He lives in North Carolina.


"Like Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promised Land...In every way as important and as exciting." - The Washington Post "This searing autobiography draws readers into the turmoil, terror and sad stratagems for survival in a black township." - Foreign Affairs "Powerful, intense, inspiring." - Publishers Weekly "A rare look inside the festering adobe shanties of Alexandra. Rare because it comes from the heart of a passionate young African who grew up there." - Chicago Tribune "Compelling, chilling, emotionally charged explanation." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"

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