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Tsotsi is an angry young gang leader in the South African township of Sophiatown. A man without a past, he exists only to kill and steal. But one night, in a moonlit grove of bluegum trees, a woman he attempts to rape forces a shoebox into his arms. The box contains a baby, and his life is inexorably changed. He begins to remember his childhood, to rediscover himself and his capacity for love.

Turned into an Oscar-winning movie in 2006, Tsotsi's raw power and rare humanity show how decency and compassion can survive against the odds.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 174g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847673317
  • 9781847673312
  • 97,209

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Extraordinarily moving Guardian
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Extraordinarily moving * * Guardian * * A real find, by one of the most affecting and moving writers of our time * * Financial Times * * One of the best novels in contemporary South African fiction * * Times Literary Supplement * * In lean yet lyrical prose ... Fugard uncannily insinuates himself into the skins of the oppressed majority and articulates its rage and misery and hope * * New York Times Book Review * * Powerful and disturbing. -- Simon Shaw * * Mail on Sunday * * Outstanding ... Fugard sets his intense scenes before a palpable void ... one is left with an impression of both fierce instinct and fine shading. -- Stephanie Cross * * Daily Telegraph * *
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About Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard is one of the world's greatest living dramatists. His career spans fifty years of playwriting, stage and film acting, and directing. He has worked in South Africa, on and off Broadway and in London. Tsotsi is his only novel.
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4 34% (474)
3 28% (389)
2 10% (139)
1 3% (41)
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