First printing of the acclaimed social protest novel by the South African anti-apartheid activist.
Fine in about-fine jacket.
CRY, BELOVED COUNTRY takes place in the final years of World War II and its immediate aftermath, focusing on the racial injustices within South African society that led to their systematic legalization, Apartheid, in the same year this book was published. Upon the release of the 1995 film, Nelson Mandela looked with bittersweet nostalgia upon the setting of the novel, remarking that "Cry, the Beloved Country represents a tribute to South Africa's youth, for they bore the brunt of the dislocation that apartheid organization brought on our communities." While the book has been subject to important critiques, especially from Black writers, CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY has retained an international influence through its acceptance into the Western Canon that often populates high school and university literature courses. The human realities of systemic discrimination shown in the novel make it a moving ballad of love and despair for Apartheid South Africa.
Read more: Mandela, World Premiere of Cry Beloved Country, Zeigfiled Theatre, 23 October 1995.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1948. 8'' x 5.5''. Original grey cloth stamped in red and black. In original unclipped ($3.00) red and black pictorial dust jacket. Fore-edge machine deckle. Scribner's seal and "A" on copyright page. ix, , 278 pages. Touch of bumping to spine ends. Jacket with only a bit of fading to spine, significantly less than usual, and no edgewear to speak of.
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