New Arrivals 31st to 6th of November 2013
DIOCLECIANO FERNANDES DAS NEVES,
his residence in Mozambique and his visit to the Transvaal
139 pp., map, illus., paperback,
A study of the life and times of Portuguese adventurer, trader and explorer, Diocleciano Fernandes das Neves (1829-1883), who undertook a journey from Lourenco Marques to the Transvaal in 1860-61. The book includes an annotated extract of four chapters from das Neves' travel journal, in which he recounts his observations of the character and lifestyle of the Boers and the indigenous people in Schoemansdal, the first Boer settlement in the Zoutpansberg.
Das Neves' travel journal was originally published in 1878 and translated into English in 1879. The State Library published a facsimile of the English edition in 1987.
96 pp., paperback,
A debut novel, written as a series of interlinked stories, set in Johannesburg, where Perfect Hlongwane lives.
GARDENS TO INSPIRE,
224 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w.,
Keith Kirsten introduces twenty five exceptional South African gardens, including Brenthurst, Fresh Woods, Old Nectar, Durban Botanic Garden, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Vergelegen and Babylonstoren.
THE LUSAKA YEARS,
the ANC in exile in Zambia, 1963-1994
357 pp., maps, illus., paperback,
A study of the ANC in exile in Zambia, where the organisation had its headquarters for twenty years. MacMillan compares the urban culture of the ANC in Zambia with its camp-based culture in Angola and examines the influence of the Zambian experience on the ANC's approach to the transition to democracy and to its practice in government.
Historian Hugh MacMillan is currently a research associate at Oxford University's African Studies Centre.
THE SCULPTORS OF MAPUNGUBWE,
227 pp., paperback,
First published in the U.K.
A novel, set in the mythical kingdom of Mapungubwe, about the rivalry between two brothers, sons of the royal sculptor.
Zakes Mda is also the author of the novels "Black Diamond", "Ways of Dying" (M-Net Book Prize), and "Heart of Redness" (Commonwealth Writers Prize), the plays, "We Shall Sing for the Fatherland" and "The Hill" (Amstel Playwright of the Year Award), and a memoir, "Sometimes There is a Void". He teaches creative writing at Ohio University.
210 pp., paperback,
A novel told from the perspective of a seventeen year-old girl who dreams of going to Oxford to study and is struggling to escape the poverty she is born into.
Kgebetli Moele was born in Polokwane. His first novel, "Room 207", won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Literature and the University of Johannesburg Debut Fiction Prize in 2007. His next novel, "The Book of the Dead", won the 2010 K Sello Duiker Memorial Award. He lives in Tshwane.
ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE OLD SA,
a photographic journey through history
256 pp., oblong 4to., illus., paperback,
A collection of photographs taken by South Africa press photographer Neville Petersen between 1981 and 1991.
Neville Petersen was born on the East Rand in 1960. He worked for Beeld and The Citizen newspapers before becoming staff photographer and occasional lecturer at the Technikon in Pretoria.
Pikoli (V.) & Wiener (M.)
MY SECOND INITIATION,
the memoir of Vusi Pikoli
375 pp., colour illus., paperback,
Advocate Vusi Pikoli was National Director of Public Prosecutions from 2005 to 2007. He pursued criminal charges against Jacob Zuma and the convicted former National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. In 2008 he was suspended from his duties by then President Thabo Mbeki, and subsequently fired, amidst great controversy. Frene Ginwala led a commission of inquiry into his suspension. In November 2009 the government reached a R7.5 million out-of-court settlement with Pikoli to stop his legal bid for reinstatement. In this memoir Pikoli offers his perspective on a number of prominent cases, such as the Arms Deal, the Scorpions, the murder of Brett Kebble, Travelgate, and the hoax e-mail saga.
"A painful, but revealing book about a man who was fired for doing the right thing. Vusi Pikoli is a hero of South Africa's new struggle." Adriaan Basson, columnist, City Press
"An account that is as bold, honest and truthful as it is painful and discomforting. Vusi Pikoli is a person of unquestionable integrity, for which South Africa will be eternally grateful." Barney Pityana
Smith (G.F.) & Figueiredo (E.)
twelve great gardens of the world
184 pp., colour illus., paperback,
Includes two South African succulent gardens: Karoo Desert Botanical Garden in Worcester in the Western Cape, and Obesa Gardens in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.
Gideon Smith is Chief Director of Biosystematics and Collections at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, Professor of Plant Science at the University of Pretoria, and a research associate at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.
Estrela Figueiredo is a research associate at both the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and Thr University of Coimbra in Portugal.
van Zyl (J.), Constantine (R.) & Pretorius (T.) comps.
AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BLACK SOUTH AFRICANS IN THE ANGLO-BOER WAR ,
a forgotten history
399 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w.,
This book, published by the War Museum of the Boer Republics and funded by the Department of Arts and Culture, consists primarily of photographs with approximately 30 pages of text. The title is somewhat misleading.
"This is the first publication of its kind and no doubt will contribute to a better understanding of this devastating war which contributed to the South African political landscape of today. This publication endeavours to restore balance to the historiographical base, by depicting the forgotten history of the experience of black people in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902." Tokkie Pretorius, Director of the War Museum of the Boer Republics, from his foreword
A NATION IN CRISIS,
an appeal for morality
238 pp., paperback,
Paulus Zulu examines the tension between justice and democracy and analyses what he sees as a lack of public morality in South Africa nineteen years after liberation.
"This eyewitness account of the difficult quest for freedom and dignity in South Africa could not be more timely. With great wisdom and humanity, Paulus Zulu analyzes the obstacles that have impeded his nation’s progress toward a more just society, and explains why moral renewal must be part of the path forward. A Nation in Crisis is an important book for friends of democracy and human rights everywhere." Mary Ann Glendon, Professor of Law, Harvard University
Paulus Zulu is Director of the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.