Es'kia Mphahlele has died.

I have just read that Es’kia Mphahlele has died. I wrote this post in appreciation of his writing, and his life, just a month ago. I am kind of in shock. 

He was a great man, a great South African, someone whom I feel was under appreciated as a South African icon.

He achieved unbelievable things in extremely difficult circumstances, and should be a role model to all of us.

I have never read any of his novels, but will take the time to as soon as possible.

If you get the chance, you should read his autobiography, it will teach you much about South Africa, and life in those times.

Rest in peace, Prof. Mphahlele.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ladyfi
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 21:18:00

    Sorry to hear this – even though I don’t know the guy, I feel that I ought to read one of his books as I am intensely interested in South Africa.


  2. po
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 21:21:00

    Ladyfi: I found his biography really interesting, because he had no AA or anything, just sheer determination.


  3. 6000
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 01:48:00

    Well buy the novels quickly, because I’m sure Amazon will put up the prices as ssoon as they hear of his demise.


  4. 6000
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 01:49:00

    Eh? No moderation? How bizarre!


  5. po
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 02:43:00

    ja I got sick of people complaining about moderation! I am only moderating old posts now.I never thought of that! ag, it sucks being unemployed.


  6. FRANK
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 20:56:00

    It is a sad period that we have lost Prof Mphahlele. What is even more said is that very few people in the country have been exposed to his literary and academic contributions.


  7. po
    Oct 29, 2008 @ 21:14:00

    frank I completely agree with you, I only encountered him through UNISA, we never studied him at school or anything!


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