New Arrivals 19th to 25th of September 2013
COOLIE, COME OUT AND FIGHT!,
a South African memoir of love, courage and journeys to a better place
222 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A memoir by Mac Carim, focussing on life in South Africa in the 1940s and 1950s.
Mac Carim was born in Cape Town in 1936. His family was forcefully removed to the Transvaal when he was two. He grew up in the neighbourhoods of Malay Camp, Ferreirastown, Troyeville, Johannesburg's Asiatic Bazaar in the city centre and Fordsburg. He went into exile in March 1961, returning to South Africa in 1996.
THE ORIGINS OF WAR IN MOZAMBIQUE,
a history of unity and division
417 pp., maps, illus., paperback,
Originally published in Japanese; translated by Masako Osada.
In this history of contemporary Mozambique, Sayaka Funada-Classen explores the origins of the war. Her research focuses on the Maúa District of Niassa Province in north-western Mozambique where she interviewed people over a fifteen year period.
Soyaka Funada-Classen is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), where she teaches African Affairs, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Portuguese. She worked as an electoral officer for the United Nations Mozambique Operations in post-conflict Mozambique in 1994.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY,
exile and after apartheid
204 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback ,
This volume is a revised edition of "The South African Communist Party in Exile", published in 2002.
This book covers the history of the South African Communist Party during the exile years (1963 - 1990), the 1990 - 1994 negotiated transition, and the period immediately after the fist democratic elections in 1994.
Eddy Maloka, former CEO at Africa Institute, has served as an advisor in the presidency of South Africa.
Ndebele (N. S.)
THE CRY OF WINNIE MANDELA,
296 pp., paperback,
This revised edition of Njabulo Ndebele's novel, first released in 2003, includes an introduction by the author as well as articles on the novel by Dorothy Driver, Antjie Krog, David Medalie, and Sam Raditlhalo.
"Its subject is the 'women who waited', hundreds of thousands of South Africans separated interminably from their men by the migrant labour system, political exile, activism and imprisonment, or by their partners' fecklessness. This "absence without duration" is explored through four women and their imagined conversations with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the 'most unmarried married woman' and for 27 years the public embodiment of waiting wives. The frame is Homer's Penelope, eternal symbol of the constant wife but a 'thing without agency', trapped in a social law created by men that demands an inhuman fidelity." Maya Jaggie, The Guardian.
"'The Cry of Winnie Mandela' transgresses the borders between fact and fiction, fusing aspects of the novel, biography, and essay. It is a beautiful book, the writing lucid and quietly passionate, a work of deep intelligence." Chris Dunton, Mail & Guardian.
Njabulo Ndebele was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. He is the author of the novel "Fools and Other Stories", which won the Noma Award in 1983. He recently became President of the AAU and Chair of the Southern African Regional Universities Association.
222 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback ,
Dan Wylie tracks twenty-three crocodilian species and compares what science has discovered about these reptiles with their depictions in myth, art and literature around the world.
Includes a chapter on central and southern Africa.
"This series... calls itself 'a new kind of animal history'. It is splendidly, even brilliantly, so. I have nothing but praise for it". James Fleming, The Spectator.
Dan Wylie is Professor of English at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
Wylie (D.) ed.
DON MACLENNAN ,
463 pp., illus., paperback ,
A companion volume to "'No Other World' - essays on the life-work of Don Maclennan", edited by Dan Wylie & Craig MacKenzie (2012).
This volume contains around six hundred poems, including all twenty-three published volumes as well as poems previously published in periodicals.
Don Maclennan was born in London in 1929 and his family immigrated to Johannesburg in 1938. He taught English at Rhodes University from 1966 until his retirement in 1994. He died in 2009.
"These poems derive their power from a kind of loyalty to the moment of immediate and existential sensibility." Tony Voss, poet.
"There is nothing phony about these poems. They are written by someone who knows precisely what he is, has seen life, still strongly experiences the erotic, takes joy in nature and cares for his fellow person." Joan Hambidge, poet.
"He was a master practitioner of a very exacting craft, and he had the courage to speak in a voice that was highly individual and 'non-populist'. With their limpidity, wry incisiveness and hard-won wisdom, Maclennan's poems have outlasted the era that spurned them." Craig Mackenzie, Professor of English, University of Johannesburg.
Poet and academic Dan Wylie is Professor of English at Rhodes University.