Town and Country Lovers Essay

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The other important race story in Livingstone's companions is "Africa emergent". This story, based in part on the exile and death-in-exile of Nat Nakasa, deals with loyalty and betrayal. The unnamed central character is suspected of being a police spy, but he gains credibility at the end when he is arrested and held in solitary confinement. Although the first person narrator is White, and so the complexities of narrative stance reveal aspects of his White context, the central concern explored by the story is the unnamed Black's experiences and how difficult normal human interaction becomes in atmospheres of internalised restraint, suspicion and legally imposed repression. Again the emphasis is on the external social contexts which determine people's attitudes and actions. Elias Nkomo, in exile and hence supposedly "free" of the context of apartheid, cannot escape the demands of the influences that shaped him. He dies because he...

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