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Tsotsi: Plot Summary
Tsotsi: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Tsotsi: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Athol Fugard
Historical Context of Tsotsi
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- Full Title: Tsotsi
- When Written: 1960–1962
- Where Written: England, South Africa
- When Published: 1980
- Literary Period: Postmodernism
- Genre: Novel, Realism
- Setting: South Africa
- Climax: Tsotsi dies trying to save the baby he has adopted.
- Antagonist: Apartheid
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Tsotsi
Winning Adaptation: In 2005, South African director Gavin Hood adapted Tsotsi into a movie, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Religious Outtake: Athol Fugard’s original notes for Tsotsi include plans for a dramatic scene in which Tsotsi enters a church, threatens a priest, and defiles a cross. This scene did not make it into the published version of the novel.