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A Question of Power

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It is never clear to Elizabeth whether the mission school principal's cruel revelation of her origins is at the bottom of her mental breakdown. She has left South Africa with her son and is living in the village of Motabeng, the place of sand, in Botswana where there are no street lights at night.
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Overview

It is never clear to Elizabeth whether the mission school principal's cruel revelation of her origins is at the bottom of her mental breakdown. She has left South Africa with her son and is living in the village of Motabeng, the place of sand, in Botswana where there are no street lights at night.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435907204
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 6/22/1987
  • Series: African Writers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in South Africa, Bessie Head, had a traumatic life and she drew heavily upon her experiences for her novels. Her first novel, When Rain Clouds Gather grew out of her experience as a refugee, and was followed by Maru and A Question of Power (1973). In 1977 she published The Collector of Treasures, a book of short stories exploring the position of women in Africa.

Bessie Head died in Serowe, Botswana in 1986, aged only 49.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Excellent read

    In A Question of Power, Bessie Head makes a deep exploration into the life of a woman in her world which is governed by every day efforts of the characters to exercise control or have an edge over those they are dealing with. Brilliantly written, this fast moving and deep novel is a recommended book for someone interested in women in this politically liberal part of Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    Life Affirming

    I read this book as an American Student in South Africa. If spoke to me being that I am a black person of mixed racial heritage and felt Bessie Head spoke to my experience in many ways. Even in fleeing apartheid South Africa, she is forced to reject racism in any form. She even rejects the 'black power' sentiment for it's exclusiveness. She is a different and important voice in post-colonial literature.

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