New Arrivals 29th to 4th of June 2020

August (T.) DENNIS BRUTUS, the South African years
358pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R370
A biography of poet and political activist Dennis Brutus (1924-2009) that focuses on his life in South Africa from his childhood until he went into exile in 1966.

"Tyrone August has brought us an invaluable gem in producing this work on Dennis Brutus. Brutus ennobled a cause that had confounded many a politician, his sensitivity and empathy finding resonance with forces combating injustice and iniquity everywhere. We owe a debt of gratitude to August for mining the archive and bringing to life one of the most important sons of our wounded soil." Mandla Langa, author of The Lost Colours of the Chameleon and Dare Not Linger: the Presidential years

"August’s biography makes extensive use of archival documents, interviews and, above all, draws on Brutus’s poetry to give us a fulsome story of his early years in South Africa. The work is an empathetic yet dispassionate, critical account of the making of the great poet and political radical. It is considered, elegant and sensitive, allowing Brutus, through his poetry and prose, to co-narrate these formative years." Shaun Viljoen, Associate Professor in the English Department of the University of Stellenbosch

Tyrone August completed his doctorate on the poetry of Dennis Brutus at the University of the Western Cape and developed this biography of Brutus as a postdoctoral fellow in the English Department at the University of Stellenbosch, where he is currently a research fellow. A journalist, he was editor of the Cape Times newspaper and Leadership magazine.
267pp., paperback, Durban, 2018. R220
Historical novel about a British soldier married to a Boer nurse he met during the Siege of Ladysmith. Sequel to "The Tame Khaki"
Calitz (W.) SWART SWAAN,
212pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R260
A novel about a security guard who decides to care for a monstrous bird that makes its home in the garden of the gambling den where he works.

"Swart Swaan is 'n kragtige roman aan die soom tussen realiteit en fantasie torring." Bibbi Slippers, author of fotostaatmasjien

Musician, composer and playwright Wilken Calitz's play 2092: God of Sound won the 2013 Woordfees Outlier Prize. His other plays include Multiple Existence, Karatara and Salome. Swart Swaan is his debut novel.
Crawford-Brown (T.) EYE ON THE GOLD,
289pp., paperback, No Place, 2020. R275
Terry Crawford-Browne discusses the collapse of the gold standard and the decline of South Africa's gold industry and explores the possibility that bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies might be the 'new gold' of the future.


Terry Crawford-Browne represented the Anglican Church at the Western Province Council of Churches and at the parliamentary Defence Review. From 1985 to 1993 he advised Dr Allan Boesak and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the banking sanctions campaign against apartheid. Currently he is country coordinator in South Africa for WorldBeyondWar.
379pp., paperback, Reprint, No Place, (2017) 2019. R220
A novel set in a South Africa where Nelson Mandela had never been released from prison, international air travel is no longer possible due to sanctions, and the apartheid government has banned access to the internet and international media.

Griffiths (A.) TRANSFORMATIONS ON THE GROUND, space and the power of land in Botswana
192pp., illus., maps, paperback, Bloomington, 2019. R655
Drawing on archival research, legal records, fieldwork, and interviews with five generations of family members in the village of Molepolole in Botswana. Anne Griffiths considers the ways in which power "affects the collision of global with local concerns over access to land and control over its use." from the back cover

"Botswana is a darling of international donors and regularly praised as an upwardly mobile, prosperous and successful country. At the same time, it is characterized by poverty and exclusion, especially of women. In her insightful case study on land politics, Anne Griffiths effectively contrasts the image of a coherent state against myriad realities and confusion of competences on the ground. Based on decades of ethnographic fieldwork, this book masterfully demonstrates how in the realm of land and law, international, national, regional and local domains intersect and overlap, and come into conflict with one another." Andreas Eckert, Humboldt University Berlin

"Anne Griffiths' ambitious and original book reveals how the 'global' is always situated in specific places and times through her insightful analysis of how land in Botswana has figured in practices, policy and politics from the standpoints of household, family, village, district, national and international levels. Griffiths' astute use of political and legal history, legal documents, observation of statutory and customary law settings, multi-generational life histories and detailed ethnography enable her to provide a rich and informative account that goes well beyond the mantra of 'the global in the local'. While insisting on foregrounding "the voices, perceptions, and experiences of people's relationships with land", Griffiths shows how these interact with national politics, policies, laws and legal practice and with the effects of international and global agencies and processes to produce inequality and class differences, despite some improvement in gendered patterns of land entitlement." Pauline Peters, Faculty Associate, Harvard Kennedy School and Center for African Studies

Before her retirement Anne Griffiths held the personal chair in Anthropology of Law at the School of Law, Edinburgh University. She is the author of In the Shadow of Marriage: gender and justice in an African community.
230pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R210
The third thriller in the 'Sluiper' series of crime novels by controversial Afrikaans singer, songwriter, actor and TV presenter Steve Hofmeyr. The first two novels are Die Onaantasbaardes and Die Lucky Strike.
Keohane (M.) BULLET PROOF, the James Dalton story
211pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R295
A biography of James Dalton, a former Springbok hooker. He was a member of the 1995 World Cup winning squad. He is known to have bee involved in South Africa’s underworld of drug running and brothels and in 2017 was arrested and charged with assault, reckless or negligent driving, crimen injuria and resisting arrest in Sea Point, Cape Town.

Sports writer Mark Keohane is the author of Springbok Rugby Uncovered.
Mains (D.) UNDER CONSTRUCTION, technologies of development in urban Ethiopia
226pp., illus., map, paperback, Durham & London, 2019. R575
Daniel Mains explores the intersection of development and governance in Ethiopia by examining the conflicts surrounding specific construction projects: asphalt and cobblestone roads, motorcycle taxis, and hydroelectric dams.

“Based on years of ethnographic research, Under Construction is a magnificent and thorough exposition that describes the ambivalence and hope invested in construction projects in Ethiopia. Construction, Daniel Mains demonstrates, is a vital location at which relationships between states and citizens are grounded. While they are powerful gatherings of technology and finance, construction projects are also precarious and full of danger. In exploring the tensions that are intrinsic to construction projects, Mains effortlessly brings together theorizations of historical materialism, vital materialism, and affect theory to produce a dazzling and clear account of how construction is incrementally and yet fundamentally transforming the political landscape of cities of the global South." Nikhil Anand, author of Hydraulic City: water and the infrastructures of citizenship in Mumbai

Daniel Mains is Wick Cary Associate Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Oklahoma and author of Hope Is Cut: youth, unemployment, and the future in urban Ethiopia.
Nash (J.) BLACK FEMINISM REIMAGINED, after intersectionality
170pp., paperback, Durham & London, 2019. R550
Winner of the 2019 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Prize, presented by the National Women's Studies Association.

Black Feminism Reimagined takes stock of how the ubiquitous notion of intersectionality has become vexed by various appropriations and disparagements in the decades since it was first introduced into the tool kit of race and gender analysis. Jennifer C. Nash's eloquent appeal cautions against too-reactive defensiveness in response to those derangements. In this meticulous ‘critique [of] proprietary impulses,’ Nash deftly reorients the theory of intersectionality back toward its most generous and generative inspirations: vulnerability, intimacy, transnationalism, and the ethical practices of witnessing.” Patricia Williams, author of The Alchemy of Race and Rights: diary of a law professor

“This book troubles the water of black feminism's various permutations. It asks tough questions and provides nuanced answers. It is a must-read for scholars in the field. Jennifer C. Nash is a key voice in black studies, and if we didn't know that before, we know it now.” Sharon Patricia Holland, author of The Erotic Life of Racism

Jennifer C. Nash is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of The Black Body in Ecstasy: reading race, reading pornography.
191pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R280
A novel about a man who is forced to confront his past when he hears about the death of a boyhood friend. Set in a Lowveld town at the height of South Africa's Border War.

Mark Winkler is the author of the novels An Exceptionally Simple Theory (of Absolutely Everything), The Safest Place You Know and Theo & Flora. He lives in Cape Town.

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