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Head, Bessie 1937-1986

Works: 198 works in 771 publications in 12 languages and 15,756 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Short stories  Records and correspondence  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Comic books, strips, etc  Comics (Graphic works) 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Creator, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: PR9369.3.H4, 823
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Publications about Bessie Head
Publications by Bessie Head
Publications by Bessie Head, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Bessie Head
A question of power by Bessie Head( Book )
68 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,378 libraries worldwide
It is never clear to Elizabeth whether the mission principal's cruel revelations of her origins is at the bottom of her mental breakdown, but in the dark loneliness of the Botswanan night, the frightened South African refugee slips in and out of sanity
When rain clouds gather by Bessie Head( Book )
87 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,375 libraries worldwide
South African political refugee, Makhaya, and Englishman Gilbert Balfour join forces to revolutionize the villagers' traditional farming methods
Maru by Bessie Head( Book )
82 editions published between 1971 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,274 libraries worldwide
"Margaret Cadmore, an orphaned Masarwa girl, goes to teach in the remote village of Dilepe in Botswana, where her own people are kept as slaves. Her presence polarizes a community which does not see Masarwa people as human, and condemns her to the lonely life of an outcast"--Publisher's description
The collector of treasures, and other Botswana village tales by Bessie Head( Book )
64 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 918 libraries worldwide
A collection of short stories based on life in a Botswanan village, including the story of a woman who murders the husband who deserted her years before
African short stories ( Book )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 822 libraries worldwide
A collection of stories by African writers which deal with life and customs in African society
Serowe, village of the rain wind by Bessie Head( Book )
32 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 627 libraries worldwide
Autobiographies of individual villagers arranged in thematic chapters
Tales of tenderness and power by Bessie Head( Book )
32 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 610 libraries worldwide
Qu'elle évoque l'histoire ou puise dans la tradition, Bessie Head (1937-1986), Métisse d'origine sud-africaine, fait vivre un peuple entier, ses conflits mortels, bien au-delà du clivage Blancs-Noirs, mais aussi ses luttes, sa dignité à travers les pires calamités et le regard sans pareil qu'il porte sur le monde. 20 contes et nouvelles vibrant de joie, de désespoir et de colère
To stir the heart by Bessie Head( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 184 libraries worldwide
The deep river / Bessie Head -- The collector of treasures / Bessie Head -- Wedding at the cross / Ngugi wa Thiong'o -- Minutes of glory / Ngugi wa Thiong'o
A bewitched crossroad : an African saga by Bessie Head( Book )
10 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
The cardinals, with meditations and stories by Bessie Head( Book )
8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 98 libraries worldwide
A novella and seven stories by a black South African writer. The title novella is on a woman who at birth is sold by her mother to a childless couple and who runs away when the stepfather begins molesting her. Eventually she obtains a job as a reporter on a black newspaper, where she finds love. Through her eyes is seen the struggle against apartheid
Between the lines : interviews with Bessie Head, Sheila Roberts, Ellen Kuzwayo, Miriam Tlali by Dieter Welz( Book )
6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 97 libraries worldwide
The lovers by Gina Kaus( Book )
10 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 89 libraries worldwide
A collection of the author's short fiction written between 1965 and 1980, mainly in Serowe, Botswana, depicting the lives and loves of African village people pre- and post- independence
Call me woman by Ellen Kuzwayo( Book )
8 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 56 libraries worldwide
"Call Me Woman is the autobiography of Ellen Kuzwayo, a black South African woman whose life as a social worker, woman's rights activist, politican, and more was woven in political history of South Africa for almost 60 years. Kuzwayo 's autobiography documents a complex series of changes in herself and her culture, including the onset and devastation of apartheid. Ms. Kuzwayo was the first black person to win South Africa's premier literary prize, the CNS Literary Award."--Jacket
Sol Plaatje's Native life in South Africa : past and present ( Book )
2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
First published in 1916, Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa was written by one of the South Africa's most talented early 20th-century black leaders and journalists. Plaatje's pioneering book arose out of an early African National Congress campaign to protest against the discriminatory 1913 Natives Land Act. Native Life vividly narrates Plaatje's investigative journeying into South Africa's rural heartlands to report on the effects of the Act and his involvement in the deputation to the British imperial government
When rain clouds gather : and related readings by Bessie Head( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
A South African refugee begins a new life in a village in Botswana
Deep cuts : graphic adaptations of stories by Can Themba( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 49 libraries worldwide
Wenn der Regen fällt : Erzählungen aus Südafrika by Bessie Head( Book )
3 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in German and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Belletristik : Südafrika (Republik) ; Erzählungen
A gesture of belonging : letters from Bessie Head, 1965-1979 by Bessie Head( Book )
7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Bessie Head botswanische Schriftstellerin
Bessie Head romanschrijfster uit Zuid-Afrika (1937-1986)
Bessie Head scrittrice botswana
Emery, Bessie Amelia
Head, Bessie
Head, Bessie 1937-
Head, Bessie Amelia
Head, Bessie Emery
Head, Bessie Emery 1937-1986
Хед, Бесси
بيسي حيد
베시 헤드
헤드, 베시 1937-1986
ヘッド, ベッシー
English (419)
German (12)
French (8)
Dutch (8)
Japanese (6)
Italian (5)
Tswana (2)
Danish (2)
Spanish (2)
Korean (2)
Finnish (1)
Sinhalese (1)
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