The autobiography of a 72-year-old black South African Woman who has seen and been a part of her country's political history for the last fifty years. Winner of South Africa's CNS Literary Award (1987). "Among that small group of books that have entered into my consciousness and changed my frame of reference."--San Francisco Chronicle
Kuzwayo's autobiography spans 70 years of South African history. Her experiences are directly and simply stated in a nonliterary style. In the first section she describes the conditions in Soweto, where she is a community leader. In the second part she traces her own life history in a detailed personal manner. Born into a properous rural home and educated in mission schools, she taught for a number of years. Later, she trained as a social worker and worked with the YWCA. Her experiences in social work and with young people led to her increased community involvement and commitment to change. She was placed under detention in 1977. In the last part of the book she describes her current activities, discusses some of the problems of black women, and tells about the lives of four individual women. Her story illuminates many of the problems of this troubled nation. Maidel Cason, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, Ill.