Originally published in 1972, and re-released in 2012 by Waveland Press, Alex la Guma’s In the Fog of the Season’s End centers on two precisely observed main characters, Beukes and Elias. It depicts the inhumane treatment of blacks during the pre-independence period of South Africa. La Guma is cautious, avoiding excess frivolous drama and yet passing across his message.
Fiction does not always enhance or deepen our understanding of complex realities of time and place. In his novel, The Madonna of Excelsior, set in his native South Africa, Zakes Mda has achieved this mixture admirably. Against the backdrop of political events of the pre- and post-Apartheid, he builds his narrative around the impact of one specific event and its aftermath on one small community, Excelsior. He captures the essence of life under Apartheid and the difficulties awaiting all when the regime ends.
Fred and Sarah Carneson represent that rare breed of white South Africans – the sort who chose to forego all the privileges that came with their skin colour to live an uneasy life-long struggle against apartheid.
Published in 1946, Peter Abraham’s Mine Boy was one of the first books to look at what life as a black person meant in South African society during the days of Apartheid.
South Africa’s transition from apartheid marked one of the major political stories of the 20th century. As leader of the African National Congress, Nelson Mandela came to symbolize the struggle and sacrifices of millions of South Africans as they fought to do away with the injustices and brutality of the Apartheid regime.