Maru by Bessie Head Online



  • Title: Maru
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  • ISBN : 9780435909635
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 127 pages

An orphaned Masarwa girl comes to Dilepe to teach, only to discover that in this remote Botswana village her people are treated as outcasts In the love story and intrigue that follow, the author s exploration of racism draws upon her own experiences of growing up in South Africa.

Author Bessie Head

Bessie Emery Head 6 July 1937 17 April 1986 , though born in South Africa, is usually considered Botswana s most influential writer.Bessie Emery Head was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the child of a wealthy white South African woman and a black servant when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa It was claimed that her mother was mentally ill so that she could be sent

Maru Reviews (31)

  • This year I am participating in a women of color reading challenge, which has allowed me to read books by female authors from around the world Recommended to me was Bessie Head, one of Africa s leading women authors In her novella Maru first published in 1971, Head writes about the classism, racism, [..]

  • How can I get past what disturbs me so deeply about this novel, Maru s manipulation and domination of the woman he falls in love with I hear Helen Oyeyemi, who writes about the emotional range of the people Bessie Head writes, and I also value the way she draws the subtleties of relationships the mi [..]

  • Maru is a novella by Bessie Head, who was one of Africa s greatest female writers This novella packs in a lot of themes in 123 pages racism, class ism, male and female relationships, oppression, friendship, rivalry, jealousy, spirituality, love, and confusion Maru revolves around a love square, not [..]

  • He liked his own dreams and visions They created an atmosphere where not only he but all humanity could evolve They stretched across every barrier and taboo and lovingly embraced the impossible There was no such thing as a slave or any man as an object of pity But while he looked ahead to such a [..]

  • I m always fascinated with small books, by small I mean volume, that contain so much in them and Maru is one such book Maru, set in rural Botswana, is the tale of an orphaned girl Margaret, who belonging to the Masarwa tribe, a tribe mistreated, enslaved and considered subhuman, experiences life, lo [..]

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