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Bessie Head

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In this novel, author Bessie Head explores the psychological effects of being black in apartheid South Africa through her protagonist, Elizabeth. Elizabeth, who was born to a white mother and black father in apartheid South Africa, has started a new life in Motabeng, Botswana, with her son. During the day, she works in the vegetable garden for a cooperative farming society; at night, Elizabeth feels that her soul is being tormented by three demons. This novel explores themes of madness, racism, power, godliness, friendship, and community.

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