New Arrivals 24th to 30th of January 2014

Edjabe (N.) ed. CHIMURENGA CHRONIC, who no know go know, now-now, a quarterly pan African gazette, Nov 2013
48 +48 pp., illus., paperback , Cape Town, 2013. R115
Produced in the format of a broadsheet newspaper with a separate literary supplement.

The Chimurenga Chronic is an initiative of Chimurenga and the Kalakuta Trust.

Contributions include:
"Will the Centre Hold?" Kwanele Sosibo on the launch Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters
"The Patriotic Alliance", Bongani Kona on life sentences in post-apartheid South Africa
"Black Skin, White Art", Athi Mongezeleli Koja on the work of photographers David Goldblatt and Michael Subotzky
"Accordion Cowboys", Tseliso Monaheng on "famo", a Basotho form of accordion music
"Woza Moya", Maakomele R.Manaka on the music of Bra Herbie Tsoaeli.

Frescura (F.) & Maude-Stone (B.) DURBAN, once upon a time
215 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Durban, 2013. R345
This history of Durban includes reproductions of many old photographs and postcards and reminiscences by early residents.

"Unconventional, uncompromising and eloquent. A brilliantly conceived project admirably brought off. Franco Frescura's subversion of memory reveals the hypocrisy, the shibboleths, and preoccupation with aesthetics as constitutive elements of Durban's history, all of which serves to belie modernity's rational narrative of city development." Koyi Mchunu

Architect Franco Frescura is currently a professor and senior research associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His other publications include "The Post Offices of the Cape of Good Hope, 1792-1910" (2002) and "Rural Shelter in Southern Africa" (1981).
Gemmell (D.) COLOUR BLIND FAITH, the life of Father Stan Brennan
185 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R180
Biography of Irish Franciscan friar, Father Stan Brennan. Born in rural Ireland in 1929 he came to apartheid South Africa in 1957. As parish priest of St Francis Church he came into contact with the people of Reiger Park, a Coloured township in Boksburg. He established St Francis Care Centre hospice, St Anthony's Rest Centre for the Aged, The Rainbow Cottage Baby Sanctuary, House of Mercy, an alcohol and drug and rehabilitation centre, Mercy Haven, a shelter for abused women and children, St Anthony's Technical Training Centre, as well as clinics, libraries, and other community-based projects. All these projects are still running. He died in 2012.
223 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Durban, 2014. R250
South African battlefield guide Ken Gillings' book on Anglo-Zulu War sites. He includes the famous battlefields at Ulundi, Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana, as well as lesser-known sites and background information on the war and on both armies.

Malan (R.), Wilson (D.) & Fick (D.) comps. "NOW I AM ALONE" 2, SA Monologues F & M 16+
125 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R245
A collection of thirty monologues from South African plays, fifteen for male performers and fifteen for female performers, suitable for use by young adults sixteen years and older. Includes details of the source play and notes on the character and context of the monologue. Playwrights include Brett Bailey, Malika Ndlovu, Reza de Wet, Sue Pam-Grant, Lauren Bates, Mike van Graan, Ashraf Johaardien, Robin Malan, Sibusiso Mamba, Paul Slabolepszy, and Omphile Molusi.
261 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R225
Autobiography by Zoleka Mandela, Nelson Mandela's granddaughter and Zindzi Mandela's daughter. She tells of the loss of her 13-year-old daughter, Zenani, in a car accident, her struggle with drugs and alcohol, the death of her 2-day-old baby, Zenawe, and her fight against breast cancer.

Foreword by her grandmother, Winnie Madikizela Mandela.
Meikle (N.) MALLOCH'S SPITFIRE, the story and restoration of PK350
243 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Durban, 2013. R250
The story of John McVicar "Jack" Malloch and Spitfire PK350, the only late-mark F Mk 22 Spitfire to have been restored to full flying status. In 1977 Malloch, who had flown a Spitfire during the Second World War, was entrusted by the Rhodesian Air Force to restore the plane. He first flew PK350 again in 1980. He died flying it two years later.
Mofolo (T.) PITSENG, the search for true love, a translation of Thomas Mofolo's classic novel by Daniel P.Kunene
195 pp., paperback, Morija, 2013. R95
First published in SeSotho as "Pitseng". It appeared in serial form in "Leselinyaya" newspaper between January 1909 and March 1910, after which it was published as a book.

Thomas Mofolo (1876-1948) was encouraged to write by the missionaries at Morija Book Depot where he worked as a teacher. The success of his first novel, "Moeti oa Bochebela" (The Traveller of the East, 1907), prompted other teachers to write fiction, launching the first literary movement in sub-Saharan Africa. "Pitseng" is his second novel.

Daniel Kunene is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has also published a biographical and literary study of Thomas Mofolo, and a translation of his first novel, "Chaka".
Rorke (F.) THE CALL, a true story of love and courage
368 pp., map, illus., paperback, Revised Edition, Morija, (2011) 2012. R198
Fleur Rorke's grandparents, Nelly and Louis Germond, worked for forty years at the mission stations of Siloe and Thabana-Morena in Lesotho, serving the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society. This historical novel is based on events related in a diary kept by Nelly and covers the years between 1886 and 1906.

"I must say I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Call' by Fleur Rorke. It was, in fact, quite nostalgic for me, reminding me of the names and places I was so familiar with during the 1990s while researching and writing 'Murder at Morija'. One of the things the book accomplishes so well is to humanise the missionaries." Tim Couzens
Seidman (J.) & Bonase (N.) eds. JUSTICE, REDRESS & RESTITUTION, voices of widows of the Marikana massacre
40 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R160
This publication is based on a "art, healing and heritage workshop" facilitated by Judy Seidman and Momarussia Bonase of Khulumani Support Group, held over the weekend of 19 and 20 May 2013 in Rustenberg with women attending the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Included are eight narratives, told through hands and "bodymap" drawings and in words, of women who had a husband, father or brother killed in the massacre.

Khulumani Support Group was established in 1995 by women who were victims and survivors of apartheid-era violations of human rights. It now represents over eighty-five thousand members across South Africa and its mission has been extended to seeking social justice for individuals and communities. Khulumani means "speak out!" in Zulu.
Watson (F.) & Brown (L.) text & Proust (A.) photo. STELLENBERG, the story of a garden
209 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, slipcase, Cape Town, 2013. R650
The story of the gardens at Stellenberg, an 18th century manor house in Cape Town. The book focuses on how the gardens have evolved over the past twenty-five years under the present owners, Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone. The creation of Stellenberg began in 1697 when Governor Simon van der Stel granted Jacob Vogel 58 morgen of land, which covered almost the whole of what is now upper Kenilworth and included parts of Claremont and Wynberg. Gradually large sections of land were sold off and today the property covers six and a half acres.
Weinberg (P.) ed. VIEWPOINTS, the University of Cape Town and its treasures
249 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2013. R440
Preface by Vice-Chancellor Max Price.
Introduction by former Vice-Chancellor and Principal Njabulo Ndebele.

The University of Cape Town celebrates it's treasures: architecture, art, history, culture, archives and collections. Includes sections on The Irma Stern Collection, The Kirby Collection of Musical Instruments, The Bleek and Lloyd Collection, the paintings, prints, botanical art and photographs that have been acquired.

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