New Arrivals 17th to 23rd of January 2014
144 pp., hardback, d.w.,
British journalist John Carlin's personal account of Nelson Mandela focuses on the years from 1990 to 1995 when he was South Africa bureau chief for the London Independent. Carlin is also the author of "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation", which tells the story of Mandela's role in the 1990 Rugby World Cup and formed the basis for the film "Invictus" directed by Clint Eastwood.
"Of the many foreign correspondents stationed in South Africa during the transition to democracy, John Carling, then of the London Independent, was easily the best." Richard Steyn, Financial Mial
Hamilton (G.) ed.
196 pp., paperback,
A collection of essays on the work of Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera.
"A Brotherhood of Misfits: the literary anarchism of Dambudzo Marechera & Percy Bysshe Shelley" by Tinashe Mushakavanhu
"Grotesque Intimacies: embodiment & the spirit of violence in 'House of Hunger'" by Anna-Leena Toivanen
"Black, But Not Fanon: reading 'The Black Insider'" by David Huddart
The Avant-Garde Power of 'Black Sunlight': radical recontextualizations of Marechera from Darius James to China Miéville" by Mark P.Williams
"Classical Allusion in Marechera's Prose Works" by Madhlozi Moyo.
Grant Hamilton is Assistant Professor with the Department of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong. His other publications include "Deleuze and Coetzee on the Colonized Subject" (2011).
MIGRANT WOMEN OF JOHANNESBURG,
life in an in-between city
174 pp., illus., paperback,
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato examines the everyday lives of African migrant women from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe living in Johannesburg.
"Caroline Wanjiku Kihato has drawn us into the world of Johannesburg's non-South African women migrants, a world of fragmented being and liminality, of alternating experiences of suffering and achievement, and of aspirational striving in the face of a mainly hostile host city and a frighteningly mercurial state. Written with deft artistry and unblinking truthfulness." Belinda Bozzoli, University of the Witwatersrand, author of "Women of Phokeng: consciousness, life strategy, and migrancy in South Africa, 1900-1983"
"Kihato brilliantly captures the potentials and contradictions of the practices and the paradoxes involved in trying to belong somewhere. The power of this book is that it compels the reader to feel joined to these women's projects to better their lives." AbdouMaliq Simone, Research Professor, University of Australia, author of "City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: movements at the Crossroads"
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato is Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture and PLanning at the University of the Witwatersrand.
IMAGINING THE EDGY CITY,
writing, performing and building Johannesburg
274 pp., illus., hardback, d.w.,
"Loren Kruger makes a compelling interdisciplinary argument for the centrality of performance and spatial practices in the history of Johannesburg. In terms of originality, I know of no other book that displays the stunning synthetic intelligence in 'Imagining the Edgy City'. Readers will get a clear sense of the genealogy of boosterist Johannesburg and its exemplarity in relation to important and ongoing historiographic debates about imperial modernity, apartheid, and globalization." Neville Hoad, author of "African Intimacies: race, homosexuality and globalization"
"'Imagining the Edgy City' deploys theatre, literature, film, art and photography to explore how all kinds of desires are materially etched into the city's fabric in an often uncanny interdependency of the dreamed and the built, and how this reciprocity absorbs a multitude of efforts in all of their unruly contradictions." AbdouMalig Simone, author of "For the City Yet to Come" changing African life in four cities"
"An extraordinary amalgam of histories and geographies, destruction and inspiration, Loren Kruger's outstanding book brings to life South Africa's largest city. 'Imagining the Edgy City' is an indispensable contribution to urban studies that will resonate far beyond Johannesburg." Saskia Sassen, author of "Cities in a World Economy"
"'Imagining the Edgy City' contests two prevailing assumptions in accounts of Johannesburg: that the city's present is discontinuous with its past and that the segregation of its white and black inhabitants dominates every aspect of its evolution. Kruger's study unsettles the eschatology of the rise and fall of apartheid by sketching a chronology of broadly defined 'performances' of power, jurisdiction, sovereignty and their contestation in designated, informal and incidental spaces in the city." Michael Titlestad, author of "Making the Changes: jazz in South African literature and reportage".
Loren Kruger is Professor of Comparative and English Literatures at the University of Chicago, where she also has research affiliations to the Urban Network and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Her previous books include The Drama of South Africa and Post-Imperial Brecht, which received the Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Study awarded by the Modern Language Association.
Levine (S.) textr & Emerick (J.) illus.
CHILDREN OF A BITTER HARVEST,
child labour in the Cape winelands
132 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A collection of interconnected stories that document moments in the lives of children who worked in South Africa's wine industry between 1996 and 2010.
"The wine we drink is not innocent. Susan Levine's searing account of child labour in the beautiful valleys of the Cape reminds us of how work, exploitation and survival are wound together in children's lives, both historically and in the present. Her 'flash ethnographies' weave a complex yet easily accessible account of how race and class shape children's worlds and possibilities." Fiona Ross, Professor of Anthropology, University of Cape Town
Susan Levine is a senior lecturer in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town.
Mitra (A.) & Nkealah (N.) eds.
SPLINTERS OF A MIRAGE DAWN,
anthology of migrant poetry from South Africa
87 pp., illus., paperback,
A collection of poems the document the migrant experience, written by people from all over the world who are currently living in South Africa.
COMMUNITY OF INSECURITY,
SADC's struggle for peace and security in southern Africa
186 pp., paperback,
Laurie Nathan explores the formation, evolution and effectiveness of the regional security arrangements of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
"Nathan provides a distinctive account of SADC's institutional efforts at enhancing regional peace and security in Southern Africa. Drawing on his own unique experience...Nathan concludes not only that such efforts have been largely ineffectual, but that they have been counterproductive." David Simon, Royal Holloway, University of London
Laurie Nathan is Director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria.
THE HONOUR TO SERVE,
recollections of an Umkhonto soldier
271 pp., illus., paperback,
Foreword by Thabo Mbeki.
"Reinforced by diligent research the book provides telling insight into the reasons for MKs formation; explains what motivated its cadres and details their training and preparation; provides graphic details of campaigns and operations; illustrates how the strategy and tactics of People's War evolved..." Ronnie Kasrils
This book was shorlisted for the 2010 Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.
As a young man James Kgculu was inspired by the 1976 Soweto Uprising to join Umkhonto we Sizwe in exile in Botswana. He served as Secretary of the Regional Commissariat in Angola, worked in Maputo in the Internal Reconstruction Unit on Maputo and was Assistant Administrator at the Military HQ in Lusaka. He was also one of the founding members of MK Military Intelligence. In 1991 he returned to South Africa after getting a job in the University of Natal's Education Policy Unit. In 1994 he was elected Provincial Secretary of the ANC in the Western Cape, later serving as Provincial Chairperson. In 1998 he was elected to Parliament where he served on the Defence Portfolio and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence. He is also co-author of the book, "Ourselves to Know - Civil-Military Relations, Defence Transformations in Southern Africa".
10 PLAYS FROM ARGENTINA & SOUTH AFRICA ,
405 pp., paperback,
In 2010 South Africa and Argentina were selected as the first two countries to take part in Proyecto 34⁰S Theatre in Translation (TT) project. Playwrights were invited to submit written plays. This volume contains the English version of the ten finalists. There is a Spanish edition, distributed in Argentina. The South African winning play, "Green Man Flashing" by Mike van Graan, will be produced in Spanish, with an Argentine cast, and will premiere in Argentina, and vice versa. The other South African playwrights are Julian De Wette, Peter Hayes, Megan Furniss and Nicola Hanekom.
Proyecto 34⁰S, founded in 2008 by Nikki Froneman, is an independent organisation the promotes contemporary African an Latin American performing arts and facilitates artistic exchange between these two continents.
THE POLITICS OF PRINCIPLE,
the first South African Constitutional Court, 1995-2005
433 pp., paperback,
Theunis Roux offers an explanation for the remarkable achievements of South Africa's Constitutional Court under its first Chief Justice, Arthur Chaskalson.
Theunis Roux is Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a former Secretary-General of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) and the Founding Director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC).
204 pp., paperback,
Originally published in 2000 in English under the title "Skyline". Translated into Afrikaans by Carié Maas.
A coming-of-age novel about a young refugee living with other illegal immigrants in an abandoned building in Cape Town city centre. This novel won the 2002 Percy Fitzpatrick Prize. The French translation was awarded the 2005 Prix du Marais.
Patricia Schonstein-Pinnock's other novesl include "A Time of Angels", "The Apothecary's Daughter", and "A Quilt of Dreams".
Vreÿ (F.), Esterhuyse (A.) & Mandrup (T.) eds.
ON MILITARY CULTURE,
theory, practice and African armed forces
280 pp., paperback,
A collection of essays that explore the theory and practice of military culture, civil-military relations, and the role of the armed forces in society. The book also includes a number of country case studies, with a particular focus on South Africa.
"Strategising in an era of conceptual change: security institutions and the delivery of security in the 21st century" by Kim Hudson and Dan Henk
"Aligning societal and military culture" by Alan Okros
"Hamlet's Glass and the Radical Reality of Security Culture: religion, authorised violence and sacrifice" by Michael McKinley
"Morphing Mirror Images of Military Culture and the Nation-State: insecurities in Kenya" by Musambayi Katumanga
"Snapshots, Synapses, and Silences: social theory and military studies" by Peter Vale
"Forging the Post-apartheid Military Culture in South Africa" by Laurie Nathan
"Institutional Culture: the South African military and its search for organisational stability" by Abel Esterhuyse.
Francois Vreÿ is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University.
Abel Esterhuyse is Associate Professor of Strategy in the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University at the South African Military Academy.
Thomas Mandrup in Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Copenhagen and the Danish Institute of International Studies.
[Desai (A.) & Vahed (G.) eds.]
the making of a South African township
504 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback,
A collection of essays on the history of the Indian township of Chatsworth, created by apartheid planners in 1960. Many of these articles are the result of research conducted as part of a three year project titled "Identity, Belonging and Place in Post-apartheid South Africa: a case study of Chatsworth", undertaken with a grant from the South Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD).
"A Private Island: gender and everyday struggle in political times" by Thembisa Waetjen
"Plessislaer, Cato Manor, Shallcross: a personal narrative" by Reshma Sookrajh
"Of Cabals, Butterflies and Detentions: extra-parliamentary resistance in the 1980s and its aftermath" by Goulam Vahed and Ashwin Desai
"Construction of Masculinities among schoolboys: a case study of the Sunford Technical High School" by Vilay Hamlall
"From the Dirty Dozen to the Dre Boys: gangs of Chatsworth" by Ashwin Desai
"Forced Integration? a Chatsworth shack settlement" by Shannon Walsh
"Meeting Shiva, Vishnu and the Mother Goddesses" by Ulricke Schroder
"'Our Indian Polices are Bought Off': Chatsworth's men in blue speak back" by Goolam Vahed
"The Story of Abbas Khan: a Mawlana from Croftdene" by Sultan Khan
"Kicking Back: soccer in Chatsworth" by Logan D.Naidoo.
Ashwin Desai is a professor at the Centre for Sociological Research, University of Johannesburg. His other publications include "Reading Revolution: Shakespeare on Robben Island", "Inside Indian Indenture: a South African story, 1860-1914", co-written with Goolam Vahed, and "The Poors of Chatsworth".
Goolam Vahed is an associate professor of history at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His previous works include "Ahmed Deedat: the man and his mission", "Gender, Modernity and Indian Delights: the Women's Cultural Group of Durban, 1954-2010", co-written with Thembisa Waetjen", and "Many Lives: 150 years of being Indian in South Africa", co-written with Ashwin Desai and Thembisa Waetjen.