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May Book discussion

Hosted by the Consul of the Duesseldorf Book Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Thu 23 May 20:00 - 22:00

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Our May read will be 'Mother to Mother' by Sindiwe Magona.

Sindiwe Magona’s novel Mother to Mother explores the South African legacy of apartheid through the lens of a woman who remembers a life marked by oppression and injustice. Magona decided to write this novel when she discovered that Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl, who had been killed while working to organize the nation’s first ever democratic elections in Protected content , died just a few yards away from her own permanent residence in Guguletu, Capetown.

She then learned that one of the boys held responsible for the killing was in fact her neighbor’s son. Magona began to imagine how easily it might have been her own son caught up in the wave of violence that day. The book is based on this real-life incident, and takes the form of an epistle to Amy Biehl’s mother.

The main themes are apartheid, lessons to be learned from history, forgiveness and motherhood.

Looking forward to an engrossing discussion!

Happy reading!