born a crime

Born a crime: Stories from a South African childhood

Author: Trevor Noah

Language: English

Summary: Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. – Source:

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Un arc-en-ciel dans la nuit

Author: Dominique Lapierre

Language: French

Summary: Persuadés par leur foi calviniste que Dieu les a élus pour régner sur le monde, les premiers colons hollandais vont affronter les tribus noires, les chercheurs d’or et de diamants, les régiments à tunique rouge de la reine Victoria. Une saga féroce, tumultueuse, héroïque, qui débouchera trois siècles plus tard sur l’une des plus grandes tragédies de l’Histoire: l’instauration par un petit peuple de quatre millions de Blancs d’un régime raciste qui fera des centaines de milliers de victimes noires. Ce sera l’apartheid, une hideuse dictature à laquelle mettra fin, après 27 ans de prison, un géant de notre temps, Nelson Mandela — Source:

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To my children’s children

Author: Sindiwe Magona

Language: English

Summary: This powerful and widely acclaimed autobiography of Sindiwe Magona’s early years in South Africa, announced the arrival of a major new black writer. Here she gives an account of her eventful first 23 years and tells a candid, unself-pitying story of triumph and endurance in the face of hardships relentlessly reinforced by the apartheid system — Source:

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