Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night

South African women’s lives under apartheid.

From the village mother leaving her children to work; the maid in service to the white medem; the black child raped and murdered, Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night is at once tragic, triumphant, humorous, and sharp, but above all forcefully empowering.

(from Goodreads)

More reading

Portrait of the author – Sindiwe Magona – from South African Literature Online

Learning from the story of Sindiwe Magona – from The Conversation


“What I do remember has never left my recall. On the other hand, what I have forgotten, I forgot with amazing swiftness: inside a week, and it was all gone. Moreover, it has remained safely tucked away. It doesn’t haunt me. And for that, I am truly grateful.”


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