Internet giant Google on Sunday celebrated the legacy of author and activist Miriam Tlali, South Africa’s first black woman to publish a novel back in 1975.
Tlali died last year in Johannesburg. She would have turned 85 on Sunday.
Her work touched the nerve of the apartheid regime and was frequently banned. Tlali was one of the first people to write about the 1976 Soweto students’ uprising in her second novel “Amandla”.
Her first novel, “Muriel the Metropolitan”, was published in 1975. An online search shows that the novel was written in 1969 and was not published for at least six years due to many publishing houses in South Africa rejecting it.
In 1975, Ravan Press published it only after removing certain extracts they thought would offend South Africa’s literary watchdog the Censorship Board.