Rosa’s District 6

In Cape Town’s District 6, despite the brutality of apartheid laws, the lives of people go on. In these five connected stories, the central character is a precocious little girl called Rosa. Through her adventures in the neighbourhood we come to meet and know the District and its many colourful inhabitants–including Mamma Zila, Auntie Flowers, Mrs Hood and Uncle Peter–and their confusing, enigmatic lives, and all too human quirks.

“Maart observes the human costs of apartheid and homophobia with a keen eye.”
The Globe and Mail

“Consistently compelling.”



Publication Date: 2004

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-16-3
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
240 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-988449-56-2

Photo of Rozena Maart

Rozena Maart was born and raised in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa. In 1987 she was nominated for South Africa’s “Woman of the Year” award for starting the first Black feminist organization. She moved to Canada in 1989 and published her first book of poetry in 1990, Talk about It!  She has lectured throughout Canada and the United States with Speak Out! Speakers Bureau. In 1992, she won the Journey Prize for Best Short Fiction for her short story, “No Rosa, No District Six.” Rozena Maart lives in Ontario.

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