Sindiwe Magona (2245 words)

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Sindiwe Magona is an acclaimed autobiographer, novelist, poet, public commentator and playwright who explores the frustrating and fragmented roles of black women enduring the identity rape of both patriarchy and racism. Her initial autobiographical works examine her experiences in apartheid South Africa, but her latest novel interrogates the effects of AIDS and male infidelity on successful monogamous African women.

Magona was born on the 27th of August, 1943 in the rural Eastern Cape village of Gungululu in the Transkei homeland, South Africa. The year of her birth coincided with the adoption of a Bill of Rights drafted by the African National Congress (ANC) and the inception of the ANC Women’s League, pivotal …

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Shober, G Dianne. "Sindiwe Magona". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 April 2009
[, accessed 20 January 2018.]

Articles on Magona's works

  1. Beauty's Gift
  2. Mother to Mother

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