oa Alternation - Beneficial Parasite to Heroic Executioner: South Africa in the Literature of Mozambique

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This article sets out to examine the relationship between apartheid and representations of South Africa in the literature of Mozambique. The reason for choosing South Africa as a focus of interest in the literature of Mozambique is that images of South Africa arise with striking frequency. South Africa is used as a symbol, as an idea which is notable for its pervasiveness and the shape it takes. South Africa is seldom mentioned as the country with the name Africa do Sul. It is rather only ever referred to in terms of the mines of Johannesburg or as the land of death and riches. In the literature of southern Africa this is not unusual, but the object here is not to simply list the ways in which Mozambique has referred to South Africa.

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