The Novels of Alex La Guma: The Representation of a Political Conflict
This text explores Alex La Guma's five novels. Though concerned with the interaction of politics with aesthetics, it does not allow the political thrust of the work to dominate the symbolic structures and literary aspects of La Guma's fiction.
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