In my South African Literature class we are reading a total of nine books this semester, all about South Africa by South African authors. The first three we’ve read are Mhudi by Sol T Plaatjie, The Path of Thunder by Peter Abrahams, and Dog Eat Dog by Niq Mhlongo.
Mhudi was the first South African novel written in English by a black South African; it takes place in 1910. The Path of Thunder takes place in 1945/46 and follows a coloured teacher moving back to his town and his relationship with a white woman. Dog Eat Dog is the newest and takes place in Johannesburg during 1994, the end of apartheid from the point of view of a college student from a township. I highly recommend all three!