Down Second Avenue (Paperback)

Down Second Avenue By Es'kia Mphahlele, Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Foreword by) Cover Image

Down Second Avenue (Paperback)


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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.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Es’kia Mphahlele (1919–2008) published two autobiographies, Down Second Avenue and Afrika My Music, and three novels, The Wanderers, Chirundu, and Father Came Home, in addition to short stories and nonfiction. His short story collection, In Corner B, is available from Penguin Classics.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s writings have been translated into more than thirty languages. His novels Petals of Blood; Weep Not, Child; and A Grain of Wheat are available in Penguin Classics. He lives in Irvine, California.

Product Details ISBN: 9780143106791
ISBN-10: 0143106791
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: July 30th, 2013
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics
“If Nelson Mandela is our political star, Mphahlele was his literary equivalent.”
—Barney Mthombothi, in The Star