New Arrivals 28th to 3rd of April 2014

Dikotla (P.M.) Skierlik,
49 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R145
A play based on the true story of a man who survives a white racist's attack on his settlement in 2008 but loses his wife and child. This play was the winner of the 2013 Baxter Zabalaza Festival.

In English.

"I left the Baxter with an immense respect for Phillip Dikotla for the skill with which he pulled off the retelling of a story that left raw wounds in the South African psyche...Yes, the story is searingly painful, but Dikotla does it an immense justice by bringing it back to life in this breathtakingly good performance." Marilu Snyders, What's On in Cape Town

Actor, playwright and stand-up comedian Phillip Dikotla was born in 1990 in the township of Mankweng in Limpopo Province. His first play, "Sekwatlapa", won a Naledi Award in 2010. He has also been awarded the Arts & Culture Trust ImpACT Award for his theatre work.
104 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R310
Playwright and director Khayelihle Dom Gumede's adaptation for the stage of the Can Themba short story about love across the colour line, set in Sophiatown in 1957.
Horn (T.) BOMSKOK,
173 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R200
An Afrikaans thriller set in Johannesburg in 1989.

"Skreeusnaaks en hartseer en ontmoontlik om te vergeet." Koos Kombuis

Tinus Horn is also the author of the novel, "Droster" (1995) and co-author of the graphic novel, "Hemel Op Aarde" (with Alastair Findlay, 1996).
Horwitz (S.) BARAGWANATH HOSPITAL, SOWETO, a history of medical care, 1941-1990
242 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R340
Simonne Horwitz's history of Baragwanath Hospital examines the ways in which the broader socio-political context shaped its functioning and the experience of those who worked in it, especially the doctors and nurses.

Simonne Horwitz is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Isaacman (A.F.) & Isaacman (B.S.) DAMS, DISPLACEMENT, AND THE DELUSION OF DEVELOPMENT , Cahora Bassa and its legacies in Mozambique
291 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Athens, 2013. R495
“At last a comprehensive, historically deep and ecologically knowledgeable study of a great dam. The Isaacmans brilliantly show how, all along the Zambezi below the Cahora Bassa Dam, whole worlds of riparian life—fish, birds, humans and other mammals—dependent on the annual inundation of the flood plain have been stilled. They recover the voices silenced by the fear and violence deployed by states devoted to the care and feeding of this mega-project. Unparalleled in its sweep, depth and attention to the lived experience of all its victims.” James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

"Cahora Bassa Dam on the Zambezi River, built in the early 1970s during the final years of Portuguese rule, was the last major infrastructure project constructed in Africa during the turbulent era of decolonization. Engineers and hydrologists praised the dam for its technical complexity and the skills required to construct what was then the world’s fifth-largest mega-dam. Portuguese colonial officials cited benefits they expected from the dam — from expansion of irrigated farming and European settlement, to improved transportation throughout the Zambezi River Valley, to reduced flooding in this area of unpredictable rainfall. “The project, however, actually resulted in cascading layers of human displacement, violence, and environmental destruction. Its electricity benefited few Mozambicans, even after the former guerrillas of FRELIMO came to power; instead, it fed industrialization in apartheid South Africa. Isaacman and Isaacman provide a wrenching alternative story from the perspective of peasants, fishermen, and workers. A major contribution to the recent social, environmental and political history of Southern Africa and a major corrective to debates about the benefits of big development projects." Richard Roberts, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Stanford University

Allan Isaacman, Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape, is the author of seven books, including "Mozambique: the Africanization of a European institution".
Narbara Isaacman, a retired Criminal defense attorney, taught law at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique in the late 1970s. She is the author of "Women, the Law and Agrarian Reform in Mozambique".
160 pp., paperback, London, 2011. R342
Michael Lambert examines the history of classical studies in South Africa, and illustrates this history's deep roots in the racial, political and educational inequalities which have existed and continue to exist in South African society.

Michael Lambert is Senior Lecturer in the School of Literary Studies, Media and Creative Arts (Classics), University of KwaZulu-Natal.
57 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R170
A play about female human trafficking and the drug trade. This play was winner of the 2012 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

Writer and director Bulelani Mabutyana was born in 1987 in the village of Ehlobo in the Transkei. He moved to Cape Town at the age of eleven. He founded the Khayelitsha-based UKAO (Uthando lweKamvalethu Arts Organisation) theatre company in 2007. His other plays include "Is'khuni sbuya nomkhwezeli" and "Uzenzile akakhalelwa" .
Morris (P.) BACK TO ANGOLA, a journey from war to peace
259 pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R230
Paul Morris was sent to Angola as a conscript soldier in 1987. In 2012 he returned to Angola and embarked on a 1500 kilometre solo bicycle trip from Cuito Cuanavale to the remnants of his unit's base in northern Namibia. In this book he recreates his experiences as a reluctant young soldier caught up in the Border war, and reflects on childhood, masculinity, trauma and friendship.
Morris (P.) BAD CITY,
385 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R199
A novel about a young man from Mozambique who arrives in Johannesburg and is conscripted into a crime syndicate.
Nkala (J.K.) COCKROACH, a trilogy of plays, The Bicycle Thief, Faith in Love, The Crossing
90 pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2011) 2014. R120
Actor, playwright and comedian Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala arrived in South Africa from Zimbabwe in 2002. As an illegal immigrant he lived on the streets, worked as a gardener, handyman and vendor, and later sold wire and beadwork in Cape Town. In 2006 he met Bo Petersen and together they created these three plays.

"The Crossing" and "The Bicycle Thief" were originally published in 2009.
Satgar (V.) ed. THE SOLIDARITY ECONOMY ALTERNATIVE, emerging theory and practice
318 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R355
A collection of essays that explore the solidarity economy alternative in South Africa, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Italy and the USA.

Contributions include:
"The Solidarity Economy Alternative in South Africa: prospects and challenges" by Vishwas Satgar
"The Solidarity Economy Response to the Agrarian Crisis in South Africa" by Mazibuko Jana
"Linking Food Sovereignty and the Solidarity Economy in South African Townships" by Andrew Bennie
"The Mineline Factory Occupation: pathway to the solidarity economy" by Athish Kirun Satgoor.

"'The Solidarity Economy Alternative' propagates the radical impulse of democracy from below while affirming ethical values and principles like social justice. This book is an excellent guide to this powerful idea and an invaluable resource for activists in South Africa and beyond." Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, patron of the Democracy from Below Campaign, South Africa, and former deputy Minister of Defence and of Health

"A brilliant, contemporary effort to reconstruct, on a new basis, the transformative, anti-capitalist vision. It is an immensely valuable, empirically grounded contribution to a fundamentally important debate." Peter Evans, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Vishwas Satgar is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Tregardt (L.) LOUIS TREGART SE DAGBOEK, 1836-1838, vertaling en aantekeninge deur Jackie Grobler
290 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2013. R289
The diary of early Voortrekker leader Louis Tregardt describes how he led a small group of pioneers with nine ox-wagons across the northern Drakensberg to Delagoa Bay (now Maputo, Mozambique). En route a number of the party, including Tregardt, contracted malaria. Tregardt died in Delagoa Bay in October 1838.
Wylie (D.) text & Britz (R.D.) illus. SLOW FIRES,
53 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R295
A collection of poems by Dan Wylie, with etchings by Roxandra Dardagan Britz.

"In this series of 24 poems and etchings, Dan Wylie and Roxandra Dardagan Britz marry gritty politics with voices of animal consciousness in a dark but compassionate meditation on our fragilities in a world predominantly predatory, toxic or indifferent. The poems and images in this book celebrate and mourn, remind us of the ephemeral and the substantial in our lives, or imagine a space in which animals speak with wisdom, sadness and humour." from the publisher's website

Poet and academic Dan Wyle teaches English at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. His publications include two books on Shaka, a memoir, and several volumes of poetry. In 2004 he founded the annual Literature and Ecology Colloquium and edited a collection of essays, "Toxic Belonging, identity and ecology in southern Africa".
Artist and printmaker Roxandra Dardagan Britz was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1962. She lives and works in Grahamstown.

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