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A Question of Power

A Question of PowerBessie HeadHeinemann1974

In the village of Motabeng, Botswana – the place of sand – Elizabeth and her son have made their new home, far away from their old life in South Africa. But the past cannot be conveniently left behind at the border. Even though she may be free to reinvent herself in this new country, Elizabeth’s mixed racial heritage and urban ways mark her as an outsider. A mind-bending novel that takes the reader in and out of sanity, this semi-autobiographical work tracks Elizabeth’s struggle to emerge from the oppressive social situation in which she finds herself and from the nightmares and hallucinations that torment her.

Life is such a gentle, treasured thing. I learn about it every minute. I think about it so deeply

Bessie Head in A Question of Power