(Government: Justice/Injustice)

Stanley Bekker en die Boikot.

Johannesburg: Taurus, 1980. Octavo. 48pp. Text in Afrikaans. Illustrated with line drawings in which cruder illustrations, as if drawn by the fictional title-character, Stanley, appear alongside more stylized images executed by a more practiced hand. Both depict scenes of everyday life that transition to observations of the school boycotts, the violent, suppressive reactions of police and military forces, the disappearance and imprisonment of protestors, and, throughout, Stanley's reflective expressions of his own confusion. Miles's accompanying narrative tracks from Stanley's perspective the events surrounding the nationwide school boycotts that took place throughout South Africa in the 1980s in protest first of unequal education and school conditions for Black and coloured South Africans; and second, the oppression of Apartheid at large. Stanley is a ten-year-old coloured boy who innocently watches the protests spread from his school to his neighborhood to his family. His Uncle Stan, implied to be somehow a player in the boycott movement, vanishes, and Stanley's family meets Stanley's questions with only silence. Eventually, Stanley decides that when he grows up, he will be just like his uncle.

The booklet was among the first, if not the first, censored by the Apartheid government, with the vehement addition that both sales and ownership of the book were forbidden. Staple-bound in brown wrappers with only a hint of toning to spine, else crisp and apparently unread. Fine. Item #32544

Price: $750.00

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