Tlali, Miriam

Tlali, Miriam

(tlä`lē), 1933–, South African novelist, b. Johannesburg. One of the first to write about SowetoSoweto
[acronym for south-west townships], city, now part of City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality, Gauteng prov., NE South Africa. Located 10 mi (16 km) SW of Johannesburg, Soweto grew as black workers came to the industrialized area after World War I; the name for the
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, Tlali is known for her semiautobiographical novel Muriel at Metropolitan (1975; later published under its original title, Between Two Worlds) and a novel, Amandla (1980), and stories, Footprints in the Quag (1989), about Soweto. She writes a column, "Soweto Speaking," for Staffrider, a radical arts journal, and edits a literary magazine for women, Straight Ahead International.
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