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Electric fences : stories

Author: Gugu Dawn Hlongwane
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Mawenzi House, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Electric Fences is a collection of short stories set in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. The stories highlight past and present divisions and atrocities; the dangers and superficialities of the apartheid system; as well as the effects of apartheid on characters who vacillate between conformity and resistance. The tensions in both past and present dispensations are not only between blacks and whites but  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Short stories, Canadian
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gugu Dawn Hlongwane
ISBN: 9781927494813 1927494818
OCLC Number: 946481824
Description: 119 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Contents: Sweets shop --
The assignment --
In the dip --
Electric fences --
Lady Di's --
Forks and spoons --
Bodies beautiful --
Linda.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Gugu Hlongwane.

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"Electric Fences is a collection of short stories set in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. The stories highlight past and present divisions and atrocities; the dangers and superficialities of the apartheid system; as well as the effects of apartheid on characters who vacillate between conformity and resistance. The tensions in both past and present dispensations are not only between blacks and whites but also between blacks and Indians; men and women; teachers and students; and between working and middle to upper-middle classes. The collection explores the grey areas of apartheid: for instance, what happens when a black girl from the township attends a white private school and the repercussions of this transgression during the apartheid years. The transition to democracy is explored via characters who show both trepidation and excitement at the very thought of collapsing borders. However the stories set in the so-called new South Africa show the failure of the Rainbow Nation. There are more disappointments than successes in a South Africa that resembles the police and policed state of old. While the stories' characters are often overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the state machinery, there is hope evidenced by those who work against the grain to forge more humane societies."--

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