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Welcome to Our Hillbrow Paperback – Nov 1 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Natal Pr (Nov. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0869809954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0869809952
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,018,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With the publication of Welcome To Our Hillbrow, South Africa now clearly boasts an author who shows exceptional talent and promise. Saint Molakeng, Sowetan Sunday World Like a lover who knows the flaws and weaknesses of his beloved and yet is still stirred to passion and affection by her, young author Phaswane Mpe loves Hillbrow. Laurice Taitz, Sunday Times Lifestyle This is the real African soil, as it is here and now......... It's a harrowing, revealing, human read about a lost generation clawing up through the concrete of the imploded inner city under which it has been buried. And it's all ours. Welcome to your world. John Matshikiza, Mail and Guardian"

About the Author

Phaswane Mpe teaches African Literature and Publishing Studies at Wits University. He has worked extensively in the South African publishing industry.


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Much of South African fiction deals with, by necessity, with the history of racialized oppression. This book takes a look at the post-apartheid South Africa where the old narratives no longer apply so neatly. The result is a wonderfully engaging book that deals sensitively with its characters, flaws and all.
The author writes beautifully and really delves into a number of extremely tough issues (aids, xenophobia, poverty) without being preachy. The story concerns the lives and loves of a couple of lovers and the people around them as they travel from the villages of the Limpopo province to the roughest inner-city neighborhood in Johannesburg. Love is betrayed with painful consequences to their relationship, their lives and those around them. Like any good novelist, Mpe is able to bring to life not only the characters who are struggling to move from poverty and apartheid to prosperity and education in a democratic South Africa, but the society around them.
My words are not doing justice to what a warm, sensitive and humanistic account of South Africans in their very troubled present.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa05c948c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa019da20) out of 5 stars haunting and tragic, often brilliant Dec 3 2001
By Robert J. Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me as a way to understand what I was seeing as a visitor to S Africa, to get a bit into the inner lives of the characters that I saw as I was working.
It is a very sad story, in the form of a monologue to a dead boy - a squandered talent - and to his lost loves. While the voice is a bit off-putting, addressing the boy as "you" and then referring to everyone else in the third person, I got into the characters and the scene in great depth.
This is a chronicle of several failed attempts to leave a backward and xenophobic village, for a huge ghetto near Johannesburg. It is painful to read, but very very rewarding and an accurate reflection of the crisis in S Africa today, where the entire society seems to be breaking down in violence, Aids, promiscuity, and rape. According to my friends here, it is chillingly real and felt so to me.
Warmly recommended.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa019da74) out of 5 stars Post-Apartheid fiction Aug. 12 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Much of South African fiction deals with, by necessity, with the history of racialized oppression. This book takes a look at the post-apartheid South Africa where the old narratives no longer apply so neatly. The result is a wonderfully engaging book that deals sensitively with its characters, flaws and all.
The author writes beautifully and really delves into a number of extremely tough issues (aids, xenophobia, poverty) without being preachy. The story concerns the lives and loves of a couple of lovers and the people around them as they travel from the villages of the Limpopo province to the roughest inner-city neighborhood in Johannesburg. Love is betrayed with painful consequences to their relationship, their lives and those around them. Like any good novelist, Mpe is able to bring to life not only the characters who are struggling to move from poverty and apartheid to prosperity and education in a democratic South Africa, but the society around them.
My words are not doing justice to what a warm, sensitive and humanistic account of South Africans in their very troubled present.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa019deac) out of 5 stars South Africa After the Aparthied Jan. 10 2015
By umar tosheeb - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an interesting book if one wants to examine the lives of Black South Africans living in a big city after the apartheid. Most of the the people in these neighborhoods have moved from countryside and live in a separate world from White South Africans. The unique thing about this book is that it doesn't deal with White vs Black issues, but its main focus is the attitude and prejudices of Black South Africans toward other Black South Africans and immigrants from other African countries. Interestingly, the rural people feel like Blacks in a city like Johannesburg are dirty, with low morals, and no good can come from associating with them. Their views on Immigrant African are even worse. The epidemic of AIDS is understood in the light of these views--it is believed that it was brought by Black African immigrants from countries like Nigeria.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa019de94) out of 5 stars One of the Most Beautiful Books of Our Time Feb. 3 2013
By The Feather Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love literature in all it's forms, you must read this. It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever touched and truly unique in form. I don't know anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading it. I must have loaned my copy out 5 times already, and the response when I get it back is always the same: That was amazing.
It's also a quick read, if you need that. But don't be surprised if you decide to read it again.
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HASH(0xa019f36c) out of 5 stars One Word: Amazing Dec 13 2014
By Jenna Dodd - Published on Amazon.com
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I was assigned this book for a class on globalization, and I was not very excited to read it. However I was pleasantly surprised to find myself not just able to get through it, but actually enjoying it.
Phaswane Mpe is a phenomenal writer, who developed deep, complex characters and truly embodied the state of mind that is xenophobia. The story he created will capture you and your
curiosity of the unknown; and if you do know a lot about Africa and xenophobia, it will still pull you in with its relatability and a fantastic storyline.
This book is thought provoking, engaging, sad, and at times, amusing.

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