Pauline Collins 2019
The magic of Nomanono’s Book “Escaping Apartheid – A Letter to My Mother” is that it clothes a general knowledge of the time in South Arica when the Apartheid system and land relocations were taking place under colonial rule in intense personal history and detail.
The struggles and tragedies of individual black people, families, villages, townships come alive in this book through the personal story of one girl, one family and one mother.
The bigger picture of Nelson Mandela, Robyn Island, Politicians such as Janet Suzman were well known to me but in reading “A Letter to my Mother” I was able to internalise the raw emotions, loves and losses, the pain of exile as described in the autobiographical story that she is telling.
Nomanono’s expressive writing takes the reader on her journey from childhood into adult exile, loss of family and land and her beloved mother.
The poignancy of such a journey is epitomised in the way in which she frames her book into a letter telling her lost Mother all she has gone through and has achieved while at the same time revealing to the reader the wonderful woman her Mother was and is spiritually to her and all those around her during her life.
This book is a wonderful testament. Fear is overcome and survival achieved inspite of a vicious regime and courage found to journey on beyond into exile and survival.