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Author Boetie, Dugmore, author.

Title Familiarity is the kingdom of the lost, or Tshotsholoza / Dugmore Boetie ; edited by Vusumuzi R. Kumalo and Benjamin N. Lawrance ; foreword by Nadine Gordimer ; introduction by Benjamin N. Lawrence and Vusumuzi R. Kumalo ; afterword by Barney Simon.

Publication Info. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2020]


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Description 1 online resource (xlvii, 187 pages) : illustrations, maps
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Note "First published by Barrie & Rockliff, the Cresset Press, London, 1969"--Title page verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Foreword / by Nadine Gordimer -- Note on Names and Terminology -- Editors' Introduction / by Benjamin N. Lawrance and Vusumuzi R. Kumalo Acknowledgments -- Familiarity Is the Kingdom of the Lost, or Tshotsholoza / by Dugmore Boetie -- Afterword / by Barney Simon -- "Soweto Funeral" / by Lionel Abrahams -- Notes.
Summary "The picaresque hero of this novel, Duggie, is a dispossessed black street kid turned con man. Duggie's response to being confined to the lowest level of South Africa's oppressive and humiliating racial hierarchy is to one-up its absurdity with his own glib logic and preposterous schemes. Duggie's story, as one critic puts it, offers "an encyclopedic catalogue of rip-offs, swindles, and hoaxes" that regularly land him in jail and rely on his white targets' refusal to admit a black man is capable of outsmarting them. Duggie exploits South Africa's bureaucratic pass laws and leverages his artificial leg every chance he gets. As "a worthless embarrassment to the authorities and a bad example to the convicts," Duggie even manages to get himself thrown out of jail. From Duggie's Depression-era childhood in urban Johannesburg to World War II and the rise of the white supremacist apartheid regime to his final, bitter triumph, Boetie's narrative celebrates humanity's relentless drive to survive at any cost. This new edition of Boetie's out-of-print classic features a recently discovered photograph of the author, an introduction replete with previously unpublished research, numerous annotations, and is accompanied by Lionel Abrahams' haunting poem, "Soweto Funeral," composed after attending Boetie's interment, all of which render the text accessible to a new generation of readers"-- Provided by publisher
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 04, 2021).
Subject Boetie, Dugmore -- Fiction.
Boetie, Dugmore. (OCoLC)fst00243394
Swindlers and swindling -- South Africa -- Fiction.
Criminals -- South Africa -- Fiction.
Criminals. (OCoLC)fst00883516
Swindlers and swindling. (OCoLC)fst01140414
South Africa. (OCoLC)fst01204616
Genre/Form Biographical fiction. (OCoLC)fst01726537
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Biographical fiction.
Added Author Kumalo, Vusumuzi R., editor, writer of introduction.
Lawrance, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nicholas), editor , writer of introduction.
Gordimer, Nadine, writer of foreword.
Simon, Barney, writer of afterword.
Container of (work): Abrahams, Lionel. Soweto funeral.
Added Title Familiarity is the kingdom of the lost
Other Form: Print version: Boetie, Dugmore. Familiarity is the kingdom of the lost, or, Tshotsholoza. New edition. Athens : Ohio University Press, 2020 9780821424353 (DLC) 2020030305
ISBN 9780821447277 (electronic book)
0821447270 (electronic book)
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