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  • White Boy Runningby Christopher Hope

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 8.55

    In 1987, after a twelve year absence, Chistopher Hope returned to South Africa to report on the run up to that year's whites-only election. The nature of the election campaign and the bitter defeat of the liberals lead him to write this satirical, evocative portrait of what it looked and felt like growing up in a country gripped by an absurd, racist... more...

  • The Lion Sleeps Tonightby Rian Malan

    Atlantic Books 2013; US$ 11.99

    For Rian Malan, the blessing of living in South Africa is that every day presents him with material whose richness astounds those who live in saner places. Twenty years after the publication of his bestseller My Traitor's Heart , he is still strongly committed to the struggle against suffocating political rectitude. Malan eviscerates politicians,... more...

  • Zuma Exposedby Adriaan Basson

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2012; US$ 16.99

    This is the book President Jacob Zuma does not want you to read. From Shaik to 'The Spear', award-winning investigative journalist Adriaan Basson reveals the truth behind Jacob Zuma's presidency of the ANC and South Africa. From one bad decision to another, this explosive, roller-coaster account traces the unravelling of a likeable but deeply flawed... more...

  • Time to Tellby Barry Feinberg; Z. Pallo Jordan

    Real African Publishers 2011; US$ 17.99

    Barry Feinberg is a poet, a painter, and a filmmaker who won acclaim for his opposition to the apartheid government in South Africa. He is one of the founding members of Mayibuye, an extremely successful African National Congress (ANC) music and poetry performance ensemble. Z. Pallo Jordan is the former Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic... more...

  • South Africa's Uneasy Allianceby Martin Plaut

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2012; US$ 2.99

    The communist party in South Africa began as a revolutionary movement. In exile in the 1960s and 1970s it took on significance its numbers never warranted through its relationship with the Soviet Union and the weapons it brought to the armed struggle. Today it worries that it has been absorbed into the ANC machinery of government, without being able... more...

  • According to Traditionby Phathekile Holomisa

    Real African Publishers 2012; US$ 22.99

    Phathekile Holomisa is the traditional leader of amaHegebe in Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape and the president of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa. He is an advocate, African National Congress activist, and a Member of Parliament. more...

  • Commemorating and Forgettingby Martin J. Murray

    University of Minnesota Press 2013; US$ 75.00

    When the past is painful, as riddled with violence and injustice as it is in postapartheid South Africa, remembrance presents a problem at once practical and ethical: how much of the past to preserve and recollect and how much to erase and forget if the new nation is to ever unify and move forward? The new South Africa?s confrontation of this dilemma... more...

  • Nelson Mandelaby Elleke Boehmer

    Zed Books 2013; US$ 3.99

    Nelson Mandela, in his incredible transition from one of the world's longest-detained political prisoners to iconic statesman, became an exemplary figure of integrity and moral fortitude. In this fascinating essay, Elleke Boehmer looks beyond Mandela the symbol to reveal the sophistication of his self-awareness, rhetorical style, political astuteness... more...

  • Clever Blacks, Jesus and Nkandlaby Gareth Van Onselen

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2014; US$ 7.99

    Jacob Zuma is a man who walks in two worlds. As president of South Africa, he is tasked with upholding the principles that define the Constitution and embodying the values they are designed to engender. But, as an individual, a set of private impulses - ranging from his religious beliefs, to his traditional African cultural convictions, to a populist... more...

  • The Great Treksby Norman Etherington

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 70.95

    The mass migration of the Boer farmers from Cape Colony to escape British domination in 1835-36 - the Great Trek - has always been a potent icon of Africaaner nationalism and identity. For African nationalists, the Mfecane - the vast movement of the Black populations in the interior following the emergence of a new Zulu kingdom as a major military... more...