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Category: About the Novel

Johannesburg Stories

There are a million stories in the big city. Phaswane Mpe decided to tell the stories of Refentse and Refilwe two aspiring writers from...
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The Theme of Education Within the Novel

The pursuit of formal higher education is a major theme within the novel. As main characters, both Refentse and Refilwe are highly educated with...
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What’s in a Name?

One interpretation of Mpe’s meticulous description of Hillbrow as a neighborhood, its boundaries and street names is that he not only wanted to paint...
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The White Neighborhoods of Johannesburg

In the novel, Mpe makes reference to the white northern suburbs/neighborhoods of Johannesburg. He uses the term “The Kitchens” as a euphemism for the...
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A Look into Alexandria’s Informal Dwellings

In the novel, Mpe also mentions the township of Alexandria. The character Lerato originated from the township. Alexandria township is considered one of the...
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