Fools and other stories njabulo ndebele

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Fools and Other Stories by Njabulo S. Ndebele

These stories from the closing days of apartheid rule in South Africa won the Noma Award, Africas highest literary award, and announced Njabulo Ndebele as an assured and impressive literary voice. He has gone on to become one of the most powerful voices for cultural freedom on the whole of the African continent today. Ndebele evokes township life with humor and subtlety, rejecting the image of black South Africans as victims and focusing on the complexity and fierce energy of their lives. Our literature, says Ndebele, ought to seek to move away from an easy preoccupation with demonstrating the obvious existence of oppression. It exists. The task is to explore how and why people can survive under such harsh conditions. About Njabulo Ndebele: now Chancellor of Witwatersrand University in South Africa. Ndebele began publishing these stories from exile in Lesotho during the 1980s. Ndebele is now recognised as a major voice in South Africas cultural life. This is his only fiction collection available in Europe or North America. Ndebeles stories first began appearing in Staffrider magazine, an innovative publishing venture linked to the Soweto branch of South African PEN. Founded after the bloody Soweto riots of the mid-1970s, the magazine took as its symbol the staffriders, un-ticketed commuters from the black townships who every day clung onto or balanced on top of buses and trains to get into the cities to work. Staffrider magazine, and in particular Ndebeles stories, helped define a new tone in black South African literature that went beyond and finally overcame apartheid.
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Fools and Other Stories is a collection of five stories in which Njabulo Ndebele examines the complexities of life for black South Africans in the closing days of apartheid rule. This book won the Noma Award, the most impressive accolade in Africa and rendered Ndebele a powerful voice for cultural freedom in Africa. The stories have a common theme: they all concern the effects of apartheid on those who enforce it and those who endured its rule. In Fools and Other Stories , Ndebele brings to life harsh black township life with a sense of humor, rejecting the image of black South Africans as victims and instead emphasizing on the complexity and fierce energy of their lives. Despite the fact that the weight of the apartheid is felt by every character in this collection, it is not an immediate, easily distinguishable presence.

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The five stories in this fine first collection are set in the black South African township of Charterston, where the author himself grew up. Without sentimentality or redundant stridency, they depict Fools and Other Stories. Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele. These stories from the closing days of apartheid rule in South Africa won the Noma Award, Africa's highest literary award, and announced Njabulo Ndebele as an assured and impressive literary voice. He has gone on to become one of the most powerful voices for cultural freedom on the whole of the African continent today. Ndebele evokes township life with humor and subtlety, rejecting the image of black South Africans as victims and focusing on the complexity and fierce energy of their lives.

On November 16, he was inaugurated as the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. He is currently the chairman of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He married Mpho Kathleen Malebo on 30 July They have one son and two daughters. He joined the Foundation in September , immediately after a five-year term of office as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the North in Sovenga , in the then Northern Province. As a public figure he is known for his incisive insights in commentaries on a range of public issues in South Africa. Ndebele is also a key figure in South African higher education.

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