Peter Abrahams (1919-2017)

Abrahams left South Africa at the age of twenty and settled for a while in Britain where he worked briefly on The Daily Worker, the official newspaper of the British Communist Party.According to Abrahams in his memoir The Coyaba Chronicles, they all knew that they "were in the presence of a gre...

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Published in: Tydskrif vir letterkunde Vol. 54; no. 1; pp. 253 - 256
Main Author: Willemse, Hein
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: Pretoria Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association 2017
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Summary: Abrahams left South Africa at the age of twenty and settled for a while in Britain where he worked briefly on The Daily Worker, the official newspaper of the British Communist Party.According to Abrahams in his memoir The Coyaba Chronicles, they all knew that they "were in the presence of a great moment in black history" (46).Among them, a novel that I set as required reading for a course on comparative South African literature in the Department of Afrikaans at the University of the Western Cape in the early 1980s.In Jamaica, Abrahams found a world where he could escape the statutory racism of South Africa, and established a home, Coyoba, free from its ills; by his own account, deliberately challenging the searing words of Langston Hughes in "House in the world" (Rampersad and Roessel 138; original italics): I'm looking for a house In the world Where the white shadows Will not fall.
ISSN: 0041-476X
2309-9070
DOI: 10.17159/tvl.v.54i1.32