With “Beauty’s Gift,” Sindiwe Magona wrote one of the most important South African texts about the HIV/AIDS pandemic. She tells the story of Beauty, who is infected by her unfaithful husband and dies of AIDS within six weeks of her diagnosis. Before she dies she extracts a promise from her friends: to deal frankly and uncompromisingly with the dangers of this disease. The novella is additionally driven by a strong foundation in “Black Feminism,” which calls into discussion the role and degradation of women in a society with patriarchal structures and Apartheid thinking.
International Children's and Youth Literature
PRESENTER: Hans-Christian Oeser
11th - 13th Grade