New Arrivals 15th to 21st of August 2014
Busch (B. & L.) & Press (K.) eds.
INTERVIEWS WITH NEVILLE ALEXANDER,
the power of language against the language of power
342 pp., map, illus., paperback,
A reconstruction of "a series of interviews conducted between 2006 and 2010, in which Neville Alexander reflected on how the languages he had used throughout his life shaped his world and his relationships with his immediate and wider communities." from the back cover
The book also includes some of Alexander's seminal writings on multilingualism.
"For many of us who were privileged to hear Neville Alexander in moments such as are captured here, this book will strike a chord of deep sadness, sadness for the loss of that wonderful capacity he demonstrates to traverse the arcane and the ordinary and in that to show the extraordinariness of being simply human, not black or white, male or female or any of those numbing binaries which so seem to capture the limited imaginations in which much of our South African experience is rendered." Crain Soudien, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape town
Linguist, educationalist, academic and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Neville Alexander was born in 1936 in Cradock in the Eastern Cape. A member of the National Liberation Front, which he co-founded, he was arrested in 1963 and found guilty of conspiracy to commit sabotage. He spent ten years on Robben Island. A proponent of a multi-lingual South Africa, after his release he did pioneering work in the field of language policy and planning via organisations such as the National Language Project, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in Southern Africa(PRAESA), the South African Committee for Higher Education (SACHED) and the LANGTAG process. In 2008 he received the Linguapax Prize in recognition of his contributions to linguistic diversity and multilingual education. He died in August 2012.
Claassens (A.) & Smythe (D.) eds.
MARRIAGE, LAND AND CUSTOM,
essays on law and social change in South Africa
408 pp., paperback,
A collection of essays that consider the processes of change and adaptation taking place in relation to marriage and the land rights of single women living in "communal" areas in South Africa, They also examine how these changes relate to broader economic and political developments, and the impact of the implementation of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act.
"Women, Marriage and Land: findings from a three-site survey" by Debbie Budlender
"Women's Land Rights and Social Change in Rural South Africa: the case of Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal" by Ben Cousins
"Contesting Customary Law in the Eastern Cape: gender, place and land tenure" by Tara Weinberg
"How Social Security Becomes Social Insecurity: fluid households, crisis talk and the value of grants in a KwaZulu-Natal village" by Bernard Dubbeld
"Renegotiating Intimate Relationships with Men: how HIV shapes attitudes and experiences of marriage for South African women living with HIV: 'Now in my life, everything I do, looking at my health'" by Diane Cooper, Elena Moore and Joanne Mantell
"'Today it would be called rape': a historical and contextual examination of forced marriages and violence in the Eastern Cape" by Nyasha Karimakwenda.
Aninka Claassens is Chief Researcher and Director of the Rural Women's Action Research Programme at the Centre for Law and Society, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town.
Dee Smythe is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Law and Society, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town.
BROTHERS IN WAR AND PEACE,
Constand and Abraham Viljoen and the birth of the new South Africa
258 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Dennis Cruywagen documents the role the twin bothers, Abraham and Constand Viljoen, played during the transition to democracy in South Africa. Abraham was deeply religious, opposed apartheid, worked for IDASA and was part of the delegation that met with the ANC in Dakar in 1987. Constand became Head of the South African Defence Force and in 1990 came out of retirement to head the Afrikaner Volksfront which opposed negotiations with the ANC and planned military action. Abraham was instrumental in bringing Constand together with Nelson Mandela in a bid to find a solution to the conflict between the ANC and right-wing Afrikaners.
Journalist and political commentator Dennis Cruywagen is a former deputy editor of the Pretoria News and a former parliamentary spokesperson for the ANC. He is a recipient of a Nieman Fellowship and a Mason Fellowship at Harvard University.
BY ANY MEANS,
208 pp., paperback,
A novel set in the ganglands of Durban.
Kurt Ellis was born in 1983 in Durban and now lives in Johannesburg. This is his first published novel.
BROADCASTING THE END OF APARTHEID,
live television and the birth of a new South Africa
319 pp., illus., hardback, d.w.,
London & New York,
Martin Evans argues that live television broadcasting helped to shape and consolidate South Africa's post-apartheid national identity.
"An original exploration of the effects of apartheid South Africa's exclusion from worldwide television events (what I would call 'events envy') and a creative study of the role of live broadcasting in the post-apartheid era." Elihu Katz of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Martha Evans has written a fascinating, thoroughly readable account of live television coverage of sport, politics and ceremonial occasions on South African television during the most turbulent years of its recent history. Her study of televised sport is a revelation, showing its divisive politics and vulnerability to disruption during apartheid and its momentary power to unite the 'rainbow nation' as a newborn democracy in the 1990s. She carefully brings out the contested meanings of media events, both within South Africa and for the rest of the watching world. An important and original contribution to the study of global media events." Paddy Scannell, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
Martha Evans is a lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town.
DARE WE HOPE?,
facing our past to find a new future
175 pp., paperback,
A selection of clinical psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's local and international writing on healing the South African nation.
"Pumla Gobodo-Madilizela is a South African psychologist of striking moral intelligence and clarity." Time magazine
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a research professor in trauma, memory and forgiveness at the University of the Free State. She served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, an experience which led her to write "the book, "A Human Being Died That Night", about her interactions with Eugene de Kock. The book won the Alan Paton Literary Award. She works for various organisations within South Africa and internationally to facilitate processes of forgiveness, overcoming collective trauma, and reconciliation.
dreams of a mother and daughter
328 pp., illus., paperback,
A memoir by Lyndall Gordon, in which she explores her relationship with her mother.
"In this fascinating mix between memoir and biography we see the struggle of a daughter, to keep an attachment with her mother that is both close and yet boundaried, separate and connected, an attachment in which each can live their dreams. Lyndall gives that to her daughters. The cloying nature of the bond she has experienced and her struggle to articulate a life outside the home means that she works hard to offer her girls the chance to cleave towards and away from her. This is the struggle of daughters and mothers today." Susie Orbach, The Guardian
Writer and academic Lyndall Gordon was born in 1941 in Cape Town. After living in Israel and New York, she settled to England. For many years she was a tutor and lecturer in English at Oxford where she is now Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College. She has written another memoir, "Shared Lives", and is known for her literary biographies of T.S. Eliot, Henry James, Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Brontë.
inventing the nation
354 pp., map, paperback,
London & New York,
Alexander Johnston analyses of the problem of nationalism in post-apartheid South Africa, measures the contributions polity, religion and values, sport and the media have made to nation-building, and discusses an increasing concern for social cohesion given violent crime, corruption and citizen deviance and dissidence.
"Alexander Johnston has written a carefully thought-out and impeccable 'tour de force' of sober and sobering analysis. He diagnoses every aspect of the contemporary South African condition with a care and commitment to research and balance that makes other scholars feel ashamed. This is without doubt the best book on South Africa since it attained majority rule." Stephen Chan, Professor of World Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
Alexander Johnston is a research associate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he was Professor of Political Science from 1994 to 2002. Subsequently he was Senior Associate at the Centre for Development and Enterprise in Johannesburg. He currently works as a political risk consultant.
the role of forensic science in miscarriage of justice
274 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Internationally recognised forensic scientist David Klatzow discusses some of the major forensic disasters that have occurred around the world over the past century, including the unsolved murder of Inge Lotz.
NOW THE WORLD TAKES THESE BREATHS,
61 pp., paperback,
A new collection of poems by Joan Metelerkamp.
Joan Metelerkamp is the author of seven previous books of poems. She was born in 1956 in Pretoria and currently lives in Knysna. In 1991 she was awarded the Sanlam Prize for Literature.
Meyiwa (T.) et al eds.
STATE OF THE NATION 2014,
South Africa 1994-2014: a twenty-year review
524 pp., paperback,
The seventh volume of the State of the Nation series, an annual evaluation of contemporary South Africa. This edition focuses on the impact of twenty years of freedom and dcemocracy.
"Macro-economic Visions and the Labour-market Question" by Nicoli Nattrass
"Freedom of Information and National Security in South Africa" by Mukelani Dimba
"Land Redistribution: the politics of not making policy" by Ruth Hall
"Poverty and Substantive Equality in the Courts" by Jackie Dugard and Narnia Bohler-Muller
"Parody, Politics and Democracy in South Africa" by Adam Haupt
"South Africa's Response to the HIV and AIDS Epidemics" by Olive Shisana, Nompumelelo Zungu and Leickness Simbayi
"Mitigating Climate Change: state of the carbon nation" by Richard Calland
"Global Financial Governance and the Opening to BRICS banking" by Patrick Bond.
221 + 142 + 521pp., (li + 832pp. continuous pagination), b/w & colour illus.(some folding, some loosly inserted), stiff card covers, hardback and a 32pp. musical score in pocket at the back of vol. III, slipcase,
Stephanus Muller's "book is both a scholarly study of the Afrikaans composer Arnold van Wyk and a work of fiction in which the author/biographer - who is and is not Stephanus Muller - highjacks his own literary undertaking. It is an extraordinary meditation on the art of biography, on South African classical music under the apartheid regime, and on the complicated retalionship between life and fiction".
Vol. I: Katalogus en werklys van musiek 1925-1983; Vol. II: Eindnotas, Bladwyser (algemeen), Bladwyser (Van Wyk werke); Vol. III: [Biography/novel]. Text in English and Afrikaans
Stephanus Muller teaches musicology at the University of Stellenbosch, where he is also the founder and head of the Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS). He is the co-editor of "A Composer in Africa: essays on the life and work of Stefans Grové" and "Gender and Sexuality in South African Music".
UNTIL JULIUS COMES,
adventures in the political jungle
204 pp., paperback,
A collection of stories about South Africa's 2014 election which Richard Poplak, writing as Hannibal Elector, wrote for the Daily Maverick, a daily online news publication.
"A very funny book, profound at times, and always cutting and clever - 'Until Julius Comes' is in the bloodline of Hunter S. Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing on The Campaign Trail'...it too will be read and remembered long after the details of who won what in 2014 are forgotten." Rian Malan, from his foreword
Rotberg (R.) ed.
THE ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE,
volume 652, strengthening governance in South Africa, building on Mandela's legacy
256 pp., paperback,
"South Africa's Key Challenges: tough choices and new directions" by Ann Bernstein
"Democracy at Risk? Politics and governance under the ANC" by Roger Southall
"The Social and Political Implications of Demographic Change in Post-Apartheid South Africa" by Jeremy Seekings
"Meeting the Challenge of Unemployment?" by Nicoli Nattrass
"Accountability and the Media" by Anton Harber.
335 pp., paperback,
A fantasy novel about a man befriended by a tokoloshe.
"'Tokoloshe Somng' is a novel with heart and soul. A fantastical, fantastic and fun read - highly recommended." Sarah Lotz, author of "The Three" and "Tooth & Nailed"
Andrew Salomon is also the author of a young adult novel, "The Chrysalis". This is his first novel for adults. He received a PEN/ Studzinski Literary Award for African Fiction in 2009. He lives in Cape Town and works as an archaeologist.
Stanley (L.) & Salter (A.) eds. & intro.
THE WORLD'S GREAT QUESTION,
Olive Schreiner's South African letters 1889-1920
423 pp., map, illus., hardback, d.w.,
Van Riebeeck Society Second Series, No.45,
A collection of over 300 of Olive Schreiner's key letters.
Liz Stanley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of "Olive Schreiner's Social Theory", "Commemoration and the Concentration Camps of the South African War", and thirteen other books.
Andrea Salter is Research Associate in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh and holds a research position at the University of Cambridge.
Tambo (A.) comp.
OLIVER TAMBO SPEAKS,
introduction by Thabo Mbeki, foreword by Nelson Mandela
373 pp., paperback,
This collection of speeches, letters and interviews "offers a comprehensive view of the ANC's development, from it's origins as a protest movement in the stormy 1950s, through its banning and subsequent reconstitution in exile, into the organisation it became prior to Oliver Tambo's death in 1993." from the back cover
The new introduction, "Celebrating ANC President Oliver Reginald Tambo", was originally presented by Thabo Mbeki as a lecture at the Celebration of the Centenary of the ANC, University of Fort Hare, Alice, 19 October 2012.
wa Afrika (M.)
NOTHING LEFT TO STEAL,
jailed for telling the truth
268 pp., paperback,
In this memoir, investigative reporter Mzilikazi wa Afrika reveals the details behind his exposure of the R1.7 billion lease scandal between ex-police commissioner Bheki Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu, for which he was arrested in 2010 on charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice. He worked for the Sunday Times newspaper at the time.
Mzilikazi wa Afrika is currently chairperson of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters and sits on the board of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
wa Magogodi (T.) comp.
a contemporary dictionary of South African slang, from Tsotsitaal to Scamto, volume 1, Scamto
287 pp., paperback,
A dictionary of township language, also known as Scamto, or Tsotsitaal. Township language is a mixture of English, Afrikaans, Sotho and Zulu.
"Magogodi's astonishing document will assist the world to know that South Africans were also liberated through their sub-cultures. The young ones of today now call their Tsotsitaal, I-Scamto. This dictionary will teach us the older generation how this colloquial has evolved from Tsotsitaal to Scamto. It will assist us how to understand our children as they grapple with their own issues of survival in the new dispensation." Thandi Klaasen, jazz musician