Challenging the stereotype that black people who lived under South African apartheid have no happy memories of the past, this examination into nostalgia carves out a path away from the archetypical musings. Even though apartheid itself had no virtue, the author, himself a young black man who spent his childhood under apartheid, insists that it was not a vast moral desert in the lives of those living in townships. In this deep meditation on the experiences of those who lived through apartheid, it points out that despite the poverty and crime, there was still art, literature, music, and morals that, when combined, determined the shape of black life during that era of repression.
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Jacob Dlamini is unafraid and extremely well informed. He writes with passion and true understanding. Anyone who is interested in life during apartheid or who is truly interested in the black culture of today and yesterday should read this book, fascinating and provocative as his intensely well researched new book Askari that challenges another aspect of History but in a more academic way that is nonetheless an exciting page turner !
This is a fascinating book and Dlamini importantly breaks many stereotypes of townships, past and present. He manages to capture the complexities of how moments of tenderness and love live in tandem with repression at various levels. A brave book that is a must read for anyone interested in South Africa.