Literary Birthday - 3 March - Peter Abrahams

Peter Abrahams was born 3 March 1919, and died 18 January 2017

Five Quotes

  1. Many have changed so much that they have lost the magic of the dream that carried them on their own bootstraps.
  2. You see, love is strong. Stronger than hate even. Love is the only thing that can kill hate, nothing else. You see, hate destroys and that’s why love is stronger. It builds. There is hope for all the coloured people in this country while one white woman can love one coloured man. Love keeps one alive.
  3. I remember my mother and father merging into each other in my mind. Together, they were my symbol of peace and laughter and security.
  4. With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books.
  5. You can’t walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values.

Abrahams was a South African novelist, journalist and political commentator. His novel, Mine Boy (1946), was the first to depict the dehumanising effect of racism in South Africa felt by black people in South Africa.

Photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1955

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