Down Second Avenue by Es'kia Mphahlele

Es’kia Mphahlele’s seminal memoir of life in apartheid South Africa—available for the first time in Penguin Classics Nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1969, Es’kia Mphahlele is considered the Dean of African Letters and the father of black South African writing. Down Second Avenue is a landmark book that describes Mphahlele’s experience growing up in segregated South Africa. Vivid, graceful, and unapologetic, it details a daily life of severe poverty and brutal police surveillance under the subjugation of an apartheid regime. Banned in South Africa after its original 1959 publication for its protest against apartheid, Down Second Avenue is a foundational work of literature that continues to inspire activists today.

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The 322nd greatest nonfiction book of all time


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Down Second Avenue. Paperback 17912810 $5.20
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Down Second Avenue: Growing Up in a South African Ghetto Hardcover 4234969 $7.95 1940
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Down Second Avenue (Penguin Classics) Paperback 919195 $13.00 $9.95 2013
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