Fools & Other Stories – Kindle edition by Njabulo Ndebele. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like. Fools and other stories. AUTHOR: Njabulo S Ndebele PUBLISHER: Raven Press . Reissued by Picador Africa ISBN: DATE: Reissued in. “FOOLS” AND OTHER STORIES. A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. University of Denver. In Partial Fulfilment .

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Njabluo to Book Page. These stories from the closing days of apartheid rule in South Africa won the Noma Award, Africa’s highest literary award, and announced Njabulo Ndebele as an assured and impressive literary voice. He has gone on to become one of the most powerful voices for cultural freedom on the whole of the African continent today. Ndebele evokes township life with humor and subtlety, These stories from the closing days of apartheid rule in South Africa won the Noma Award, Africa’s highest literary award, and announced Njabulo Ndebele as an assured and njabbulo literary voice.

Ndebele evokes township life with humor and subtlety, rejecting the image of gools South Africans as victims and focusing on the complexity and fierce energy of their lives. The task is to explore how and why people can survive under such harsh conditions.

Ndebele began publishing these stories from exile in Lesotho during the s. Ndebele is now recognised as a major voice in South Africa’s cultural life. This is his only fiction collection available in Europe or North America. Ndebele’s stories first began appearing in Staffrider magazine, an innovative publishing venture linked to the Soweto branch of South Foold PEN.

Founded after the bloody Soweto riots of the mids, the magazine took as its symbol the staffriders, un-ticketed commuters from the black townships who every day clung onto or balanced on top of buses and trains to get into the cities to work.

Staffrider magazine, and in particular Ndebele’s stories, helped define ndebeke new tone in black South African literature that went beyond and finally overcame apartheid.

Fools And Other Stories

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Lists with This Book. May 06, David McDannald rated it really liked it. This is a charming collection of stories. When Uncle faces a man in the street who’s armed with a club and shield, he starts throwing rocks. Later, he tells the boy that if there hadn’t been rocks, he would have thrown sand.

He says, “when one does fight one must do it very well. Oct 07, Del rated it really liked it Shelves: Fools and Other Stories is a collection of five short jdebele set in black townships created by the apartheid goverment of South Africa.


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Unlike some of the more explicitly political literature of its time and place, these stories focus deeply on individual characters, relationships, and daily experiences, both ordinary and extraordinary.

Despite the absence of overt political content, the stories reflect the limitations and sufferings caused by the governing and social structure. The first four Fools and Other Stories is a collection of five short stories set in black townships created by the apartheid goverment of South Africa.

The first four stories are from the perspective of children, revealing fears and desires both universal and unique to their situation. The fourth story is strikingly more mature in perspective and content. May 29, Nhlanhla Dube rated it really liked it. Really nice to read this and find its not all politics in your face. Njabulo Ndebele writes beautifully. It’s so lacking in pompous posturing. He’s really truthful and faithful to his characters and the subject matter. His language is so erudite and real and there are passages that are very moving.

There’s too much obsessive discussion about obvious things in SA literature – politics, etc. But here we see real people in real situations and the politics takes Really nice to read this and find its not all politics in your face. But here we see real people in real situations and the politics takes care of itself. Jul 21, Sibo Majola rated it really liked it.

Life as it is. A clear lens, and no sentimentality. You really are one of the sharp observers of the southern half of the continent. Lovely writing, clear philosophy.

Nov 06, Matt rated it really liked it. Ndebele also shows how his criticisms of superficial characters can be creatively broken; he includes stock characters that act as surface symbols and sets his story in an implicitly political climate.

Ndebele provides a textbook example of a character that transforms rather than informs. Zamani provides us with biased, connotative diction: The reader by default empathizes with Zamani: Not until halfway through the story does Zamani explicitly name his crime: Rather than backtrack and refuse to identify with a rapist, Ndebele compels us instead to press on.

The reader can only now search for enlightenment in a place deemed unenlightened by society: Ndebele uses this phrase to discuss when a reader is told how to feel, rather than when he or she learns how to feel. Zamani is not a static character, but a series of processes. Was the rape a lapse in judgement, or an accurate reflection of his character?

Is he properly atoning for his past? Can he ever be forgiven, and if so, does he deserve forgiveness? He or she must attempt to understand Zamani rather than define him, to arrive at knowledge of his humanity rather than a verdict of his morality.

Ndebele succeeds in creating a fluid character. Now, we will discuss how Ndebele triumphantly portrays a teacher as his main character, despite admitting a common pitfall of South African writers: Ndebele depicts a teacher in Zamani. The gratitude of parents! Zamani displays characteristics present in any great teacher, white or black — a selfless commitment to the growth of his students.

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Zamani puts aside his feelings for Mimi and regards her strictly as a student. The reader cannot so easily label Zamani when exposed to his benevolent inner thought processes. Zamani is further distanced from his white colleagues with a black consciousness message to his impressionable young students: And from today onwards, know that when you come in here to open your books … the real school is outside there, and that today, that school was brought into this classroom for a very brief moment.


And one day when that school out there is finally brought into this classroom forever, you will know that … it is time to go on with your journey. Ndebele shows how teachers can be portrayed in South African njaulo not as caricatures of white men, but as strong black role models with great power in the classroom.

All are depicted as impersonal oppressors, and they only appear once except the principal, who appears twice. They stifle the freedom of other characters, and exit with no light shed on the process of how they became this oppressor.

Ndebele makes these exceptions to his own manifesto because Zamani fulfills the dual role of both protagonist and antagonist. The reader knows that rape is wrong and morally rejects it.

But, as mentioned earlier in this essay, the first-person narrative sympathetically aligns the reader with Zamani. The reader cannot simply morally reject Zamani as he or she does with the policemen, the principal, and the white man — he or she is persuaded to accept Zamani as tragically villainous.

When the reader relates to Zamani, they inherently relate to this tragic villainy also. But, his actions are njabuli immoral, and he is consequently antagonistic. To deem Ndebele hypocritical based on this observation, however, would be rash. The setting grounds the characters, njabilo does not limit the extent to which we may explore the facets of their social, romantic, and professional lives.

I was born in a white American suburb in He goes on to quote Michael Vaughan in an issue of English in Africa: Ndebele causes the reader to strangely identify with and condemn Zamani, blurring the line of morality they began reading with.

Ndebele makes a teacher operate within a white-influenced government and act on behalf of his students rather than become a vehicle for white oppressors. Ndebele defies his own theories with malevolent, symbol characters, but more than compensates when he questions the very relationship between hero and villain through Zamani.

Ndebele moves out of the books of his fellow writers, and at times out of his own essay, and the result is a social language inclusive of protagonists and antagonists, and those who fall in the middle. Works Cited Ndebele, Njabulo. Rediscovery of the Ordinary. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, Jun 02, Horace Barrington rated it really liked it. From the blurb there is a useful summary, quoting the author where he says that South African writing needs to “move away from an easy preoccupation with demonstrating the obvious existence of oppression.

I’m bored with protest literature or continually angry exhortations. I’m interested in the way people react under those conditions.