Muriel at Metropolitan

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Longman, 1987 - Fiction - 190 pages
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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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How it all began
A feeling of insecurity
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About the author (1987)

A widely traveled black woman writer, Miriam Tlali lives in Soweto, and her novels and plays are about conditions in that traumatized black township. Although her first two novels, Muriel at Metropolitan (1975) and Amandla (1980) were both banned by the South African apartheid regime, she has been able to respond to numerous invitations to lecture and to participate in workshops abroad. In 1978 she attended the International Writers Program in Iowa, and she spent the 1989--90 academic year at Yale University. Tlali's other writings include two collections of short stories---Mihloti (1984) and Soweto Stories (1989)---and two plays, the latest being Crimen Injuria, which was staged at Yale in the spring of 1990.

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