New Arrivals 21st to 27th of March 2014

Brand (C.) & Jones (B.) DOING LIFE WITH MANDELA, my prisoner, my friend
271 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
Foreword by Ahmed Kathrada.

Christo Brand arrived on Robben Island in 1978 and became one of the prison warders responsible for guarding Nelson Mandela. He later became Mandela's warder at Pollsmoor Prison. The friendship that developed between the two men endured after Mandela's release.
Davis (H.I.) MUIZENBERG, the story of the shtetl by the sea
263 pp., 48pp. illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. OUT OF PRINT
Hedy Davis's well researched history of the Jewish community of Muizenberg, from 1880-1980. Includes a selection of 120 personal photographs.
Kärrström (E.J.) EIGHTEEN YEARS IN SOUTH AFRICA, a Swedish gold-digger's account of his adventures in the Land of Gold (1877-1896), edited by Ione Rudner, translated by Ione & Jalmar Rudner
229 pp., map, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R245
This book was originally published in 1897 in Sweden under the title "18 år i Sydafrica". A German translation was published in 1899 under the title "Achtzehn Jahre in Sűdafrika".

An English translation of E.J.Kärrström's record of a young Swedish adventurer's years in South Africa. The young man, born in Sweden in the late 1850s, survived when the ship on which he worked as a sailor, the Ellen Browse, was wrecked off East London on the south coast of South Africa in 1877. He went on to participate as a foot soldier in the Ninth Frontier War, the Zulu War of 1879 and the Basuto Gun War. When the diamond and gold mines opened at Barberton, Colesberg and Kimberely, he worked as a miner. By the time he left South Africa in 1896 to return to Sweden he was a rich man.
Saayman (S.) BREYTEN BREYTENBACH, a monologue in two voices
85 pp., b/w & colour illus., 1 folding out, paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R280
Sandra Saayman explores the relationship between text and image in Breyten Breytenbach's work, arguing that his poems, essays and works of fiction need to be considered alongside his drawings, prints and paintings.

This book includes nine drawings made by Breytenbach in prison in the 1970s, in print for the first time, plus many other colour illus. of his paintings and drawings.

Text mainly in English, with an Afrikaans essay, "My Eie Vark", by Breyten Breytenbach.

Sandra Saayman is a senior lecturer in South African literature and culture studies at the University of Réunion Island, and a senior research fellow in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg. She obtained her PhD in literature at the University of Poitiers, France, for a thesis entitled "Text et Image: la literature de prison de Breyten Breytenbach".
Sitas (A.) ROUGH MUSIC, selected poems, 1989-2013
158 pp., paperback, Grahamstown, 2013. R155
Sociologist, novelist, poet, playwright and cultural activist Ari Sitas was born in 1952 in Cyprus. A founder member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company, he won the 1978 Olive Schreiner Award for his play, "Randlords and Rotgut". His previous collections of poetry include "Tropical Scars" (1989), "Slave Trades" (2000) and "The RDP Poems" (2004). He is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town.
Thamm (M.) TO CATCH A COP, the Paul O'Sullivan story
244 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R250
Marianne Thamm's account of the role forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan played in bringing former police chief Jackie Selebi to justice. He was also involved in cracking a rhino poaching syndicate and is currently attempting to ensure Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is extradited to his home country.
van den Berg (Z.) HALF OF ONE THING,
208 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R200
A novel about a New Zealander fighting for the British in the Anglo-Boer War who falls in love with a Boer woman.

Zirk van den Berg's other novels includes the crime thriller "Nobody Dies". He lives in New Zealand.

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