Muriel at Metropolitan
Banned when it was first published in South Africa in 1979, Muriel at Metropolitan is set in a bustling furniture and electronics store catering for poor whites and blacks and describes the daily experiences of Muriel, the accounts typist. Her relationship with her colleagues and her feelings about the stream of customers who come into the shop are depicted and illustrate life on the fringes of white society. this novel. She lives in Soweto and is now a professional writer. She has published a collection of short stories Mihloti, and a second novel, Amandla, in South Africa.
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