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Mixing intelligent critique with candid humour, the memoir shines light on the experience of being black in South Africa, both during apartheid and after, and the material and psychological legacies of its policies.  (Of Soul and Joy © Vuyo Mabheka)
Mixing intelligent critique with candid humour, the memoir shines light on the experience of being black in South Africa, both during apartheid and after, and the material and psychological legacies of its policies. (Of Soul and Joy © Vuyo Mabheka)

Written by Thabo Molefe and published by Jonathan Ball, Native Boy explores a young man’s complex relationship with identity and race, seen through the lens of township life. Moreover, it is about his journey to escape the socio-economic trap of the apartheid regime to forever limit the black man to a life of hardship.

Mixing intelligent critique with candid humour, Molefe’s memoir shines light on the experience of being black in South Africa, both during apartheid and after, and the material and psychological legacies of its policies. Below is an excerpt from the book. 

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