New Arrivals 20th to 26th of June 2014
Alden (C.) & Chichava (S.) eds.
CHINA AND MOZAMBIQUE,
from comrades to capitalists
220 pp., paperback,
A collection of essays that explore the policies of China's relationship with Mozambique.
"Assessing Chinese Investment in Mozambique" by Sérgio Chicava
"Chinese Banking in Mozambique: the Macanese Connection" by Ana Cristina Alves
"How Not to Build a Road: an analysis of the socio-economic effects of a Chinese infrastructure project in Mozambique" by Morten Nielsen
"Myth and Reality: Chinese involvement in Mozambique's agricultural sector" by Sigrid-Marianella Stensrud Ekman
"Mozambican Perspectives on the Chinese Presence: a comparative analysis of discourses by government, labour and blogs" by João Feijó.
Chris Alden is Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a research associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the University of Pretoria.
Sérgio Chicava is currently a senior researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Studies (IESE) in Mozambique.
FORGED IN BATTLE,
207 pp., paperback,
The story of the birth of 32 Battalion in 1975 during the Savannah campaign in Angola. 32 Battalion was formed from a group of soldiers from the Angolan guerrilla movement, the FNLA, and led by South African officers. Jan Breytenbach was the founding commander.
Chitiga-Mabugu (M.) et. al.
SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN AS CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE,
a civil society programme of action for the African women's decade
124 pp., paperback,
This publication is the outcome of a report on key issues facing South African women, commissioned by South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID). The study was conducted by researchers at the Human Sciences Research Council, led by Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu and Selma Karuaihe.
THE SPACE RACE,
204 pp., paperback,
A novel about an unmanned spaceship launched at a military airbase outside Upington.
Author and illustrator Alex Latimer has published a number of picture books, including "The South African Alphabet" and "From Aardvark to Zuma". He is also co-creator of the cartoon "The Western Nostril". This is his first novel. He is based in Cape Town.
80 GAYS AROUND THE WORLD,
270 pp., map, paperback,
A collection of stories taken from Brent Meersman's travel diaries which he kept while travelling around the world exploring how gay men live.
"These stories transcend the gay theme, they are about people making (or failing to make) their way in the world. Their essential human condition is easy to feel and identity with." Mike Nicol
Brent Meersman's novels include "Five Lives at Noon", Reports Before Daybreak" and "Primary Coloured". He contributes regularly to the Mail & Guardian newspaper. He lives in Cape Town.
ON AFRICAN FAULTLINES,
meditations on alterity politics
468 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A collection of essays by Valentin Mudumbe.
"There can be no doubt that 'On African Faultlines' is a brilliant and intensely thought assemblage of writings. Intellectual good faith is the hallmark and true achievement of Valentin Mudimbe's oeuvre, and it is spectacularly on display here. His good faith approach draws 'Africa' into the wide orbit of his thought as much as he draws his sources into 'Africa'. The signal accomplishment of this book is that it teaches us how to learn." Grant Farrad, Professor of Africana Studies, Cornell University
Mudimbe provides us with yet another provocative selection of informative observations and critiques. His incisive discussions of how researchers should refashion their narratives to do justice to themselves and to the cultures of Africa are noteworthy. These more recent essays from a scholar who is undeniably African and yet also cosmopolitan could be said to constitute a sequel to 'The Invention of Africa'". Barry Hallen, Professor of Philosophy, Morehouse College and associate of the Du Bois Institute, Harvard University
V.Y Mudimbe is Professor of Literature at Duke University. His publications in English include "The Invention of Africa" and "The Idea of Africa".
Praeg (L.) & Magadla (S.) eds.
curating the archive
231 pp., paperback,
A collection of essays that contextualise "the discourse on Ubuntu within the wider historical framework of postcolonial attempts to re-articulate African humanism as a substantial philosophy and emancipatory ideology." from the back cover
"Justice Otherwise: thoughts on Ubuntu" by Lewis Gordon
"Ubuntu Versus the Core Values of the South African Constitution" by Ilze Keevy
"From ubuntu to Ubuntu: four historic a prioris" by Leonhard Praeg
"Ubuntu and the Law: some lessons for the practical application of Ubuntu" by Katherine Furman
"The Self Become God: Ubuntu and the 'scandal of manhood'" by Siphokazi Magadla and Ezra Chitando.
"This is one of the most profound, most foundational discussions of the concept of Ubuntu to date. A highly commendable effort to rescue the concept, as a concrete abstraction, from its devaluation as a political buzzword and as a cheap trope of nationalist rhetoric, the book calls on us to consider Ubuntu's emancipatory potential under the sign of a critical African humanism...It is highly recommended reading for anyone concerned about the present and future - political, material, social, legal, ethical - of life in the global South. And elsewhere." John Comaroff, Hugh K.Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, Oppenheimer Research Fellow in African Studies, Harvard University
Leonhard Praeg is Associate Professor and PhD candidate, both in the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
Schoonhoven (G.) dir.
532 minutes, 3 DVDs,
A thirteen-part Afrikaans-language television drama series written by Deon Opperman, and based on Opperman's stage plays "Kaburu", "Stille Nag" and "Goesman, My Seun", which looks at the effects a changing South African society has on an Afrikaner family.
Shubin (G.), Zhdarkin (I.), Barabulya (V.) & Kuznetsova-Timonova (A.) comps. & eds.
frontline accounts by Soviet soldiers, translated from the Russian by Tamara Reilly
222 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A sequel to the book, "Bush War", this volume focuses on the climax of the civil war in Angola, the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1987-8.
Gennady Shubin is a senior researcher for the Institute for African Studies in the Russian Acadmey of Sciences in Moscow. His publications include six books on the Anglo-Boer War, and eleven books of memoirs about the Angolan war.
ONDER DIE RADAR,
stories uit ons land
283 pp., paperback,
Travel writer Dana Snyman records the stories of people who live off the beaten track around South Africa.
"Ek kan nie dink ek het al ooit in enige taal 'n fyner waarnemingsvermoë en beter storieverteller teëgekom nie..." Max du Preez, Beeld
"Die verhale ruik na mens en na deernis" Abraham de Vries
Dana Snyman writes regularly for Die Burger, Beeld, and other newspapers and magazines. His books include "Uit die Binneland", "Anderkant die Scrap", "Op die Agterpaaie", "Op die Toneel" and "Hiervandaan". "Op die Agterpaaie" has been published in English as "On the Back Roads", and "Hiervandaan" as "The Long Way Home". When he is not travelling Dana Snyman lives in Jacobsbaai.
Verbaan (M.) [a.k.a. Ben Trovato]
the memoirs of Ben Trovato
255 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
The autobiography of satirist Mark Verbaan a.k.a. Ben Trovato, who is the author of ten books, including, "The Ben Trovato Files", "Ben Trovato's Art of Survival", "On the Run" and "The Whipping Boy". He writes "The Whipping Boy" column for The Sunday Times newspaper.
Williams (M.) ed.
THE END OF THE DEVELOPMENTAL STATE?,
257 pp., paperback,
A collection of essays that assess the current status of the "developmental state" in South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, China, Brazil, India and South Africa.
"One of the very top books in the social sciences ever published in South Africa." Bill Freund
"South Africa's Emergent 'Green Developmental-State'?" by Vishwas Satgar
"Rethinking the Developmental State in the Twenty-First Century" by Michelle Williams
"The Developmental State: divergent responses to modern economic theory and the twenty-first-century economy" by Peter Evans.
Michelle Williams is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her books include "The Roots of Participatory Democracy: democratic communists in South Africa and Kerala, India" and "South African and India: shaping the global South" (co-edited with Isabel Hofmeyr).