Synopses & Reviews
"Ngcobo writes with grace and compassion about one woman's suffering, meanwhile providing insights into Bantu village culture, the injustices of the legal system, the routines and atmosphere of black prisons, and the indomitable spirit of an oppressed people." -- Publishers Weekly
"And They Didn't Die brilliantly chronicles the untold predicaments of women caught between custom, white law, and the migrant system. Much of its power lies in Ngcobo's talent for complication and nuance, and for her refusal of dogma .... It explores what happens when women start asking questions: about cattle and the land, about female power, about tradition, about violence, about sex." -- Anne McClintock, Voice Literary Supplement
This is the untold story of the anti-apartheid movement, drawing on the personal experience of the author. It is the story of the ordinary countrywomen of South Africa who, forced to scratch a living from the land, still found the strength to ask for respect and, in the process, made a revolution.
The story of Jezile unfolds in the barren Sabelweni Valley. As she struggles to keep her family and community together, Jezile resists state laws that take her land and keep her from her husband. She protests and is imprisoned. Jezile returns home to find her child dying of starvation and her husband jobless. When her husband is imprisoned for stealing milk to save the child, she knows it is she who must ensure her family's survival.
This is the untold story of the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, told by a woman who lived it. It is the story of the ordinary women of South Africa who, forced to scratch a living from the land, still found the strength to ask for respect and, in the process, made a revolution.
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