Bessie Head

South African born Botswanan writer

Bessie Amelia Emery Head (6 July 1937 – 17 April 1986) was a South African writer who, though born in South Africa, is usually considered Botswana's most influential writer. She wrote novels, short fiction and autobiographical works.


Maru (1971)Edit

  • Before the white man became universally disliked for his mental outlook it was there.
    • p. 5
  • You just have to look different ... then seemingly anything can be said and done to you as your outer appearance reduces you to the status of a non-human being.
    • p. 5

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