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A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings

A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings

  • Title: A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings
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  • ISBN : 9780435905781
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 107 pages


Journalistic sketches, essays and personal notes form a biographical study of South African born Bessie Head s complex existence Born in 1937, the result of an illicit union between a black man and a white woman, Bessie spent her early years in South Africa, a period of exile in Botswana 1964 79 and was a Botswana citizen before her death at the age of 49.


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




A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Reviews (13)

  • Bessie Head opens up in A woman alone about her experiences with apartheid and finding herself seeking peace in Botswana In this collection of her personal writings, she talks about the time she spent in South Africa and its turbulent times Her words come from experience and that of a seasone [..]

  • I feel as though I became a friend of Bessie Head s while reading A Woman Alone, a collection of her autobiographical writings She shares a great deal of wisdom about South Africa and the unique and remote corner of the world, Botswana, where she chose to live out her days to escape the political br [..]

  • If Batswana writer born in South Africa Bessie Head had a blog the content of this book would make up an exceptional blog, but really her writings are too good for a blog, in my humble opinion This is a wonderful chronological collection of Bessie Head s reflections on life containing stories on Sou [..]

  • Most of the writing collected here deals with the pain inflicted by apartheid policies and the quest for an alternative, peaceful way of living Although Head often repeats her desire to stay out of politics, this book bursts with idealism Not as introspective as title and subtitle suggest but all t [..]

  • More or less, this text is short articles, an introduction to, or notes about the work of Bessie Head, as she wrote them, but is best read after some familiarity with her work As I d never read her novels, it felt I was meeting an engaging acquaintance over and over again without the chance to truly [..]

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