South African literature


1883 Olive Schreiner explores patriarchal and gender issues against a colonial backdrop in The Story of an African Farm.

1948 The best-selling Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton exposes South Africa’s politics of oppression to the world.

1963–90 Thousands of books are banned as “undesirable” in South Africa.

1991 Writer and activist Nadine Gordimer is awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.


2000 Writer NoZakes Mda experiments with a complex mix of Xhosa history, myth, and colonial conflict in his novel The Heart of Redness.

2003 Damon Galgut’s The Good Doctor picks apart the promise of political change. ...

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