Lynda Schuster’s publications include:
A Burning Hunger: One Family’s Struggle against Apartheid
On June 16, 1976, the youth of Soweto rose up in protest against a new rule making Afrikaans the language of instruction in their schools. Tsietsi Mashinini, a charismatic high school student, led them in demonstrations that quickly turned into South Africa’s biggest rebellion. Tsietsi’s actions on that day set in motion a chain of events that changed his country irrevocably and forever defined his family. From that moment onward, the Mashinini name became the stuff of legend; many of Tsietsi’s twelve siblings and even his parents, law-abiding, church-going citizens, found themselves pulled inexorably into the fight against apartheid. Originally published in the United Kingdom to critical acclaim, A Burning Hunger tells the tale of this remarkable family. It is the story of black South Africa in microcosm, embracing just about every facet of the liberation struggle. Tsietsi and his brothers became leading players in everything from guerrilla warfare to urban insurrection.
Praise for Lynda Schuster’s A Burning Hunger:
“A major contribution to the history of the struggle era, giving a human face to a family that was idolized by black South Africans and demonized in white South Africa.”
“A compelling story of a South African family that became deeply involved in this deadly, seemingly unending battle between black Africans and whites…. the accounts impressively combine to form one intensely felt narrative of life in apartheid South Africa.”
“A Burning Hunger is a vital reminder of one of the most intense political struggles in living memory. It’s fascinating, triumphant and ultimately very sad.”
“Of all the valuable books I have read, Schuster’s was the first to draw me so close that I could smell the burning tyres that barricaded Soweto streets that week; I could smell the thick smoke of burning shops and police vehicles—all coupled with a family’s burning hunger for survival.”
“This is modern history written for a broad readership, and not necessarily an African one.”
“A Burning Hunger is the history of a South African family that suffered, resisted and finally triumphed over apartheid: a book that is as fascinating as the best novels.”
–Mario Vargas Llosa
“This is an earnest and passionate historical account, crafted from meticulous research and study. It is a narrative made for captivating reading and painful reminder of the brutality of the apartheid system. The book is a welcome addition to a much needed but historically neglected genre of struggle biography.”
–Reverend Frank Chikane
“It is strange that no South African writer has thought of doing what Lynda Schuster, an American journalist, has done so well in this book—follow through the history of a black family in the context of the anti-apartheid struggle.”
–The Sunday Times
“The great strength of the book is its narrative line…. Shuster did almost one hundred interviews and one feels as if one is seeing exile through the eyes of Tsietsi, Rocks, and Dee, and the emerging South Africa via Mpho and Tshepiso…. In this, she has given us a remarkable sense—national, international, and personal—of late apartheid era South Africa and its exiles.”
–International Journal of African Historical Studies
Editorial Review from Publishers Weekly:
Five black South African brothers from a moderate, religious home emerged as political heroes during the 1970s and ’80s. Their fame came mostly from the events of a single day—June 16, 1976—when middle school and high school students held a nonviolent march to protest a government ruling that required half of all school subjects to be taught in Afrikaans, a language few black children knew. Police shot dozens of children at the march, and Tsietsi Mashinini, one of its organizers, became an enemy of the state. His siblings Rocks, Mpho, Dee and Tshepiso, at once cursed by their brother’s notoriety and blessed with his gift for political organizing and public speaking, became leaders in the antiapartheid movement and eventually followed their brother into hiding, prison and exile. Schuster’s five-way biography captures the antiapartheid movement from the perspective of adolescents, but her book is hampered by complicated accounts of infighting among political factions, and the journeys of its protagonists are sometimes difficult to follow. Yet the essential story remains crystal clear: this is a book about the sacrifices a family made for a cause much greater than they. (Apr.)
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Thought Catalog Publications
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New York Times Magazine Publications
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Utne Reader Publications
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The Struggle to Govern Johannesburg by Lynda Schuster