Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night
5 1/4” x 8” • 166 pages
"Magona's memoir is a delightful, poignant, feisty and uplifting story that chronicles, in a refreshing and authentic voice, what it means to attain womanhood in a society where patriarchy and apartheid often conspired to degrade and enslave women economically, domestically, politically, traditionally and sexually."-Washington Post Book World on To My Children's Children
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Sindiwe Magona’s long awaited collection of superb short stories brings a full range of South African women’s experience brilliantly to light. From the village mother leaving her children to work; the maid in service to the white medem; the black child raped and murdered, Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night is at once tragic, triumphant, humorous, and sharp, but above all forcefully empowering.
Sindiwe Magona grew up in Transkei village and spent her adolescence on the Cape Flats. She is the author of Forced to Grow, To My Children’s Children, and Mother to Mother. She lives and works in South Africa.
"Sindiwe Magona's Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night rips away apartheid's shroud which hovers over lives, loves and losses of South African women with a ferocity that is both startling and enlightening...[It] is a riveting look at the triumph of will and spirit in the face of apartheid's dehumanization. Magona has given us endearing characters and probing stories that are as authoritative as they are unforgettable."-Quarterly Black Review of Books
"This collection is a forceful document of injustices. The voices that emerge are elegant and moving in their simplicity...Magona is a storyteller centered in her power, convinced of the universal relevance of what she sees. The effect is felt like the strong South African sun, each story's momentum like the pounding of a drum."-Booklist
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