New Arrivals 26th to 2nd of October 2013
SOUTH AFRICAN BATTLES,
415 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback,
This book was originally published in 2004 as "Battles of South Africa". This revised and enlarged edition contains ten new chapters.
Tim Couzens describes thirty-six battles, generally lesser-known ones, spread over five centuries. The book includes chapters on the battles of Muizenberg, Slagtersnek, Grahamstown, Blood River, Blouberg, Bloemfontein and Ulundi.
"A sometimes riotous, sometimes tragic, always brilliant journey through South Africa's battlefields, this book ignites a thirst for more of the rough texture of history and the fallible people who shaped it. A master of research, observation and humour, Couzens takes you on a journey into our blood-soaked birth." Ray Hartley, Sunday Times.
Literary and social historian Tim Couzens is also the author of "The New African, a study of the life and work of H.I.E. Dhlomo", "Tramp Royal, the true story of Trader Horn" and "Murder at Morija".
Crampton (H.), Peires (J.) & Vernon (C.) eds.
INTO THE HITHERTO UNKNOWN,
Ensign Beutler's expedition to the Eastern Cape, 1752
207 pp., maps, colour illus., hardback, d.w.,
van Riebeeck Society Second Series No.44,
Translated from the Dutch by Thea Toussaint van Hove and Michael Wilson. This edition comprises both the original Dutch text, last published in 1922, and the first ever English translation.
The Beutler Expedition conceived and equipped by Governer Rijk Tulbach was tasked with exploring the hitherto unknown lands beyond the Kei River in the Eastern Cape.
Beutler's journal describes the flora and fauna of the region and the Khoi Khoi, Xhosa, Thembu and Oeswana San peoples whom the expedition encountered.
de Vries (R.)
EYE OF THE FIRESTORM,
strength lies in mobility
911 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
An autobiography by Major General Roland de Vries.
Major General Roland de Vries has been called the "Rommel of the SADF". He was involved in the Border War and helped create the Ratel Infantry Combat Vehicle.
BEYOND THE DELIVERY ROOM,
62 pp., paperback,
Performance poet Khadija Heeger's first collection of poems.
"Heeger's is a poetry of sincerity and acumen, searching for nuanced understanding and meaning among the welter of public clichés and private rationalisations by which most of us live. In a country whose people are 'vrek van pille roek met 'n apartheid spoek', these declarative, propulsive poems urge us to renew a process of reflection, self-examination and action." Kelwyn Sole.
Khadija Heeger was born in Cape Town and raised on the Cape Flats in the township of Hanover Park.
Judd (D.) & Surridge (K.)
THE BOER WAR,
352 pp., maps, illus., paperback,
"Judd and Surridge plod dutifully over well-trodden historical territory, but they do add a new angle on the war...the authors conclude the war acted as a kind of boillancing, which enabled the two white races to march forward hand-in-hand on the road to apartheid." Jane Ridley, The Spectator.
Denis Judd is Professor Emeritus of Imperial and Commonwealth History, London Metropolitan University, and Professor at New York University in London. Keith Surridge is the author of 'Managing the South African War, 1899-1902'.
THE LONG VIEW,
getting beyond the drama of South Africa's headlines
211 pp., illus., paperback,
A analysis of the economic progress that has been made in South Africa since 1994 and a long-term view of South Africa's future prospects.
"My goal in writing this book is to challenge the notion that South Africa is on the verge on collapse and implosion. If one follows the daily headlines and social media, things may not look good. But there is far more to this complicated land than just the headlines...In the country's journey to a better place I do not for one moment believe that we will see the momentous leaps we saw during the 1990s but I do believe that we shall see incremental improvements. In this book I promote the power of incrementalism." from pg. 9
Political Analyst JP Landman is a visiting professor at Free State University. In 2013, he was selected as a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC.
Sullivan (H.) et al, eds.
a magazine of writing, volume 1, issue 2
64pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
The second issue of a quarterly magazine that features fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photographs from South Africa.
'This Dog Essay is Writing Itself', by Rosa Lyster
'Waansin', an excerpt from an unpublished one-sentence novel written in a fit of depression by Koos Kombuis.
'In Love's Place', an extract from the novel by Etienne van Heerden.
'Murenga', adapted from the novel 'Radium Tales' by Tom Learmont
'Kwakuseparadesi', a "dream story" by AbdulMalik Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana, written in "the nameless dialect of Umzimkulu, an unstandardized combination of Zulu, Xhosa and Bhaca dialects".
'In Praise of Hotel Rooms', a poem by Fiona Zerbst.
a partial biography
258 pp., illus., paperback,
"This biography is primarily concerned with the way Rive embodied a vision of non-racialism in his often angry protest fiction, his literary scholarship, his interventions in education, sport and civil society, as well as in an inner life that battled contradiction between vocal assertiveness and tense silences." From the preface.
"Written with sensitivity and sophistication, Shaun Viljoen reflects on Richard Rive's experiences of love, abjection and 'staring in the dark'. His great achievement is to mark Rive off from his peers, pushing beyond a purely apartheid-shaped ethos and reading practice and into a world of ambiguity, humour, satire and strangeness; a world which and apartheid mindset could not fully capture or subdue." Sarah Nuttall, director, WISER, University of the Witwatersrand.
"I found the clarity of the exposition, the informed speculation, and the warp and weft of intimate portrait and contextual embedding to be exceptional. The book's mode - adhering broadly to the conventions of biographical writing and then disrupting them in creative, cogent and intellectually persuasive ways - makes it the most compelling biography of a South African writer that I have read." Michael Titlestad, Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand.
Writer, scholar, literary critic and college teacher Richard Rive (1939-1989) was born and raised in District Six. His writings include the novels "Buckingham Palace, District Six", "Emergency" and "Emergency Continued", "Advance, Retreat", a selection of his short stories, as well as the autobiography "Writing Black".
Sean Viljoen is Associate Professor in the English Department at Stellenbosch University.