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by Sindiwe Magona

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ISBN: 0807009482
Author: Sindiwe Magona
Language: English
Publisher: Beacon Pr; 1st Beacon Press ed edition (September 1, 1999)
Pages: 210
Category: World Literature
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
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Sindiwe Magona, who raised her young children just steps away from the site of Amy's death, dares to imagine the answer to that question.

Sindiwe Magona, who raised her young children just steps away from the site of Amy's death, dares to imagine the answer to that question. As the writer Andre Brink has written: "Magona sets herself a daunting challenge at the crossroads of story and history by taking as her point of departure the murder of Amy Biehl.

An American girl is murdered by blacks in 1993 South Africa while preparing them for democracy. The novel is in the form of a letter to the girl's mother, from the mother of one of the killers, describing the way apartheid brutalized her son. A first novel based on real events by a black South African writer.

Sindiwe Magona's novel Mother to Mother explores the South African legacy of apartheid through the lens of a woman who remembers a life marked by oppression and injustice.

Mother to Mother book. Literature about murders of white people by black people tend to avoid the women in the killer’s life – unless it’s framed in terms of pathology. In Native Sun, for instance, the women were silent. It is very rare for such women to be allowed to narrate their own life stories. Magona decided to write this novel when she discovered that Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl, who had been killed while working to organize the nation's first ever democratic elections in 1993, died just a few yards away from her own permanent residence in Guguletu, Capetown

In Mother to Mother, the killer’s mother, bewildered and grief-stricken, dredges her . My revilers seem to think that, with such perfect understanding between mother and son, I wouldn’t have had to say one word more. Naturally, he’d’ve just known what it was I wanted done.

In Mother to Mother, the killer’s mother, bewildered and grief-stricken, dredges her memory and examines the life her son has lived. In looking for answers for herself whilst talking to the other mother, imagining her pain, she draws a portrait of her son and of his world, and hopes that an understanding of that and of her own grief might ease the other mother’s pain. what I wanted him to do. I should have such an obedient son!

The book "Mother to Mother" is a touching and elegant story of race relations and misunderstanding in South Africa. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.

The book "Mother to Mother" is a touching and elegant story of race relations and misunderstanding in South Africa. The author bases her book on a true incident, but looks at it from the eyes of a mother who loves her son but recognizes his inadequacies. It is a devastating look at apartheid, violence, and anger in a society long split between black and white.

Published in 1998, Sindiwe Magona's novel Mother to Mother was inspired by the death of Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl who was killed in South Africa while trying to organize the nation's first truly democratic elections. Biehl was murdered very close to Magona's residence in Guguletu, Capetown, by Magona's neighbor's son. This leads her to imagine how easily it could have been her own son doing the killing instead due to the wave of violence that swept through the town that day. Mother to Mother deals with apartheid, the violence it caused, and its enduring legacy

Mother to Mother is a stunning novel; Magona has succeeded in her grand ambition to write a story of healing and . After leaving the black township of Guguletu, South Africa, Sindiwe Magona earned her master's degree at Columbia University

Mother to Mother is a stunning novel; Magona has succeeded in her grand ambition to write a story of healing and confrontation. She has written a graceful, terrible story; it is an eloquent indictment of Apartheid and a passionate lament over the loss of Amy Biehl's life. After leaving the black township of Guguletu, South Africa, Sindiwe Magona earned her master's degree at Columbia University. She currently lives in New York, where she works at the United Nations. She has contributed to The New York Times and her work has been anthologized in Under African Skies. Magona decided to write this novel when she discovered that Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl, who had been killed while working to organize the nation's first ever democratic elections in 1993, died just a few yards away from her own permanent residence in Guguletu, Capetown.

A fictional account of the real-life murder of Amy Biehl, a Fulbright scholar helping to organize free elections in Guguleta, South Africa

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After being taught by Sindiwe Magona in a life writing class at GSU, I feel in love with her work and especially her narrative voice.The novel begins with a letter writing my Mxolisi’s mother, Mandy, as her Madam knows her. The narrative is always very concise and descriptive. The first is just as enticing as the lines that follow. “My son killed your daughter” (Magona, p1). Although the riddle is solved and the readers are not left wondering who did it, this line creates a lot of puzzlement within the reader. Questions about the son but most importantly the mother, which I found to be a brilliant perspective to use for this particular topic. Although the letter ends the style of short and descriptive sentences continue. Professor Magona always reiterated the importance of setting and in this novel it is crucial because the setting is the most influential character. This story is told through the somber and apologetic eyes of a mother who no longer sees potential in her surroundings. It's honesty is refreshing and disheartening at the same time. Which makes for a great timeless read.
Xal
Drawing from the 1993 killing of Amy Biehl in apartheid-era South Africa, Mother to Mother, a novel by Sindiwe Magona, shares with us a different perspective. Literature about murders of white people by black people tend to avoid the women in the killer's life - unless it's framed in terms of pathology. In Native Sun, for instance, the women were silent [as well as the first to be killed]. It is very rare for such women to be allowed to narrate their own life stories. With her quietly powerful novel, Magona has changed that dynamic.

From the author's preface (abbreviated):

Fulbright scholar Amy Elizabeth Biehl was set upon and killed by a mob of black youth in Guguletu, South Africa in August 1993. The outpouring of grief, outrage and support for the Biehl family was unprecedented in the history of the country.

[---]

In my novel, there is only one killer. Through his mother's memories, we get a glimpse of human callousness of the kind that made the murder of Amy Biehl possible. And here I am back in the legacy of apartheid - a system repressive and brutal, that bred senseless inter- and intra-racial violence as well as other nefarious happenings; a system that promoted a twisted sense of right and wrong, with everything seen through the warped prism of the overarching crime against humanity, as the international community labelled it.

The mother, Mandisa, had her oldest child, Mxolisi - the one who, through his actions, catapults her into narration - when she was a 15 year old school girl. It has to be noted that, at the time of her pregnancy. Mandisa was a virgin. The inclusion of an African immaculate conception raises immediate questions concerning Magona's intent. Was it by design - the correlation between Mary and Mandisa and Jesus and Mxolisi. Or was it simply happenstance - a byproduct of the story line? Considering that Mother to Mother is Magona's first novel (although not her first book), the latter might be more legitimate.

The legitimacy of the questions, however. is overshadowed by the undeniable fact that both Mxolisi and Jesus were instrumental in bringing about changes in their respective status quos. As a result of the crucifixion of Jesus, Christianity became a potent force in the world. Subsequent to the killing of Amy Biehl, the death knoll for apartheid - which had been slowly but steadily ringing for decades - increased in volume to the point that it no longer was a "knoll" but a toyi toyi, the martial dance which symbolized the determination of South Africa's majority black population to never again live as a disenfranchised minority.

Going the Jesus route, however, in explaining the murder of Biehl sidesteps the question Mandisa herself asks, over and over again.

What was she doing, vagabonding all over Gugulethu, of all places; taking her foot where she had no business? Where did she think she was going? Was she blind not to see there were no white people in this place?

Or does it? Did Amy Biehl demonstrate a god complex by treading where no white person went? Did she think her presence in South Africa as a well meaning white person assisting with the transition to a democratically elected government would protect her from repercussions of apartheid? Was she so divorced from the harsh reality that produced slogans like one settler, one bullet that she thought it perfectly logically to drive her black companions to Gugulethu?

There will probably never be a definitive answer to such questions. However, Mandisa herself provides a perspective - one that both reinforces the primacy of her life as well as highlights of the consequences of disconnectedness.

Now, your daughter has paid for the sins of the fathers and mothers who did not do their share of seeing that my son had a life worth living.

Mother to Mother (Bluestreak)
Arcanescar
This is a great book written by a expert in her field.
Prorahun
At first I wasn't sure I wanted to read this, but I'm glad I did. I learned some things I hadn't known about apartheid and was really drawn into the harsh realities of the lives of the narrator and her family.
Kulafyn
A Must Read for those who want to understand the dynamics of a broken community and what oppression by colonialists does.
Mala
Mother to Mother is one of the best books I have ever read! I truly enhoyed it. I had to read for a South African Lit course at my college. It was my favorite and I even did a research paper on it. I highly recommend it to all- because it gives a very different perspective on a tragic situation. A side of the story very rarely encountered when one is not the "victim."
Samutilar
I do not understand how the entire book is made in an attempt to justify a horrific murder. , ,
It is a great book. It is good for college students. I gave it this rating because the writer wrote this book. But she threw me off with one chtp of the book. But still a very good reaD

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