New Arrivals 4th to 10th of April 2014

Desai (R.) et. al. (dir.) ALEXANDRA, MY ALEXANDRA, ordinary heroes in extraordinary times
6 x 48 minutes, DVD, , 2012. R300
A six part documentary series based on the book, "Alexandra, a history", by Philip Bonner and Noor Nieftagodien. The series features interviews with over 60 people who live or have lived in Alexandra township: the writer Wally Serote; Simon Noge and Dan Twala, whose parents worked for Herbert Papenfus, the politician who established Alex: Louisa Rivers, who joined the 1956 Women’s March on Parliament; Moses Mayekiso, who led the 1986 Six Day War in Alexandra; Paul Mashatile and Obed Bapela, who were central to the youth movement in the 1980s; ex-Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe; and Nelson Mandela, who participated in the 1943 bus boycott in Alex. The series also includes footage of Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Dolly Rathebe, Thandi Klaasens, Miriam Makeba, Caiphus Semenye and many other prominent South Africans from Alexandra’s past. Also includes interviews with historians Noor Nieftagodien and Achille Mbembe. Extensive use is made of archival footage.
Mose (B.) & Somdaka (M.) MAKUVINGCWE IIMFANTA,
138 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R195
A selection of short stories in Xhosa.
276 pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (1990) 2014. R160
A semi-autobiographical novel about a teacher in Cape Town, set during the student upheavals of the 1985 State of Emergency.

Writer, scholar, literary critic and college teacher Richard Rive (1939-1989) was born and raised in District Six. His other writings include the novels "Buckingham Palace, District Six", "Emergency", and "Advance, Retreat", a selection of his short stories, as well as the autobiography "Writing Black".
298 pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (1981) 2013. R240
A reprint of Richard Rive's literary autobiography.

" of the first South African writers to examine what it means to be of mixed race in a rigid dualistic society." The New York Times Book Review

Writer, scholar, literary critic and college teacher Richard Rive (1939-1989) was born and raised in District Six. His other writings include the novels "Buckingham Palace, District Six", "Emergency" and "Emergency Continued" and "Advance, Retreat", a selection of his short stories.
Ross (R.) THE BORDERS OF RACE IN COLONIAL SOUTH AFRICA, the Kat River Settlement, 1929-1856
340 pp., maps, illus., paperback, New York, 2014. R290
A history of the Kat River Settlement in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, created by the British to use the Khoekhoe as a living barrier between the Cape Colony and the amaXhosa. Robert Ross demonstrates that in the time that the settlement existed, the Khoekhoe not only created a fertile landscape in the valley, they also developed a political theology, "an inclusive nationalism that is the direct ancestor of that which rules South Africa today." Robert Ross, from pg. 1 of his introduction

Robert Ross is Professor of History at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His other books include "A Concise History of South Africa" and "Status and Respectability in the Cape Colony: a tragedy of manners".
220 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R185
A debut novel set in Paris.

Karina Szczurek was born in Poland and lives in Cape Town. She is also the author of a play for young adults, "A Change of Mind", which won a MML Literature Award in 2012. Her doctoral thesis was published as "Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer writing post-apartheid South Africa". She is the editor of "Touch: stories of contact", "Encounters with André Brink" and "Contrary: critical responses to the novels of André Brink" (with Willie Burger).

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