, December 07, 2015
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Mpe died in 2004, at the end of the first decade following the election of Mandela. This novel chronicles the collapse of the old racial hierarchies, and AIDS, both the changes and the things that did not change. Whites to this day own most of the arable land and the means of production.
And black South Africans today still struggle with another theme in Hillbrow: the presence of millions of black Africans, competing for a way to rise from poverty.