Art and morality in Alex La Guma’s A Walk in the Night

  • Michael Wade


In 1962 Mbari Publications of Ibadan secured something of a coup in publishing Alex La Guma’s novel A Walk in the Night; M1 against the background of what London-based publishers were bringing out at the time in their scramble for the African market, this work stood out for its sense of the concrete and its integrity of purpose. La Guma’s next two novels, And a Threefold Cord2 and The Stone Country,3 were also published outside Britain, by Seven Seas Publishers in East Berlin. It was not until 1967 that Heinemann’s took him into the London-based canon of ‘African writers’ by issuing A Walk in the Night together with a selection of his short stories in a single volume.4


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  1. 1.
    Alex La Guma, A Walk in the Night (Ibadan: Mbari Publications, 1962).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Alex La Guma, And a Threefold Cord (Berlin: Seven Seas Books, 1964).Google Scholar
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    Alex La Guma, The Stone Country (Berlin: Seven Seas Books, 1967).Google Scholar
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    Alex La Guma, A Walk in the Night and other stories (London: Heinemann, 1967). Page references in the text are to the African Writers Series edition (London, Heinemann, 1968).Google Scholar
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    Lewis Nkosi, ‘Fiction by Black South Africans’, in Home and Exile (London: Longmans, 1965) p. 135.Google Scholar
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    S. G. Millin, What Hath a Man? (London: Chatto and Windus, 1938).Google Scholar

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