New Arrivals 26th to 2nd of October 2014

Atuahene (B.) WE WANT WHAT'S OURS, learning from South Africa's land restitution program
198 pp., hardback, d.w., New York, 2014. R250
Bernadette Atuahene interviewed over one hundred and fifty South Africans who participated in the nation's land restitution program. In this book she presents her research into the successes and failures of South Africa's attempts at "dignity restoration", a unique fusion of reparations with restorative justice that seeks to restore property while also confronting the underlying dehumanization, infantilization, and political exclusion that enabled the injustice.

Bernadette Atuahene is Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, and a faculty member of the American Bar Foundation.
Clarkson (C.) DRAWING THE LINE, toward an aesthetics of transitional justice
204 pp., illus., paperback, New York, 2014. R375
"'Drawing the Line' examines the ways in which cultural, political and legal lines are imagined, drawn, erased, and redrawn in post-apartheid South Africa - through literary texts, artworks and other forms of cultural production." from the back cover

"What makes Clarkson's project truly dialogical - and what distinguishes it from a number of other analyses of contemporary South African culture and literature - is that she both reads South African culture in terms of theory and also examines and, indeed, displays what South African culture might also offer theory." Russell Samolsky, University of California, Santa Barbara

"One rarely comes across work of such intelligence and imagination. This book is beautifully written, and one finds oneself forever being caught by wonderful and unpredicted connections, turns of phrase, the ease and acuity with which insights from disparate fields are brought together and developed." Emilios Christodoulidis, University of Glasgow

Carrol Clarkson is Associate Professor and Head of Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town.
Cornell (D.) LAW AND REVOLUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA, uBuntu, dignity and the struggle for constitutional transformation
210 pp., paperback, New York, 2014. R395
A collection of essays on the relationship between law and revolution, focusing on some of the specific issues of transformation in South Africa.

“This book is a rare one–the reflections on philosophy, law, and political theory are profound and moving. Rather than reproduce the multiple stages of debate surrounding transitional justice – reconciliation vs. forgiveness, memory vs. forgetting– the author shifts the question toward what she calls ‘substantive revolution.’ This marks an advance in discussions of reconciliation and political life after massive, sustained spasms of violence. When one adds to that a significant dose of philosophy and critical theory – from Heidegger through contemporary political philosophers – the book takes on a new thread in theorizing transition and gives it real complexity. Substantive revolution is deepened by critical theory, critical theory is deepened by engagement with the concrete work of substantive revolution.”—John Drabinski, Amherst College

“'Law and Revolution in South Africa' continues Drucilla Cornell’s path breaking work on indigenous law formation in post-apartheid South Africa. The essays collected here add to her evolving approach to fundamental ideas of law, politics, and ethics as informing uBuntu, living customary law, and dignity jurisprudence in South Africa. This book bears directly on the vibrant ongoing debate in South Africa about how to restore societal respect for law in light of its gross misappropriation during the many decades of abuse by colonialist and racist control of the country and the accompanying gruesome suppression of the native population. This is a fascinating debate that should be of interest to all those concerned with achieving legitimacy for the institutions and procedures of legality following a transition to constitutional democracy, and especially the extent to which values embedded in customary legal traditions can be used by courts in wrestling with sensitive legal disputes from morally reconstructive perspectives.”—Richard Falk, Princeton University

Drucilla Cornell is Professor of Political Science, Women's and Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She also teaches at Birbeck Sollege, University of London and the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her other books include "uBuntu and the Law: ideals and postapartheid jurisprudence" and "The Dignity of the Constitutional Court of South Africa: cases and materials, volumes I & II".
Elbourne (E.) BLOOD GROUND, colonialism, missions, and the contest for Christianity in the Cape Colony and Britain, 1799-1853
499 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Reprint, Montreal, (2002) 2008. R725
Elizabeth Elbourne examines the relationship between the Khoekhoe, the British empire and the London Missionary Society in the Cape Colony at a time when different groups competed to mobilize Christianity for their own ends.

This book won the Canadian Historical Society's Wallace K.Ferguson Prize and the Canadian Association of African Studies' Joel Gregory Prize.

"...subtle, well-grounded in the sources, even-handed, well-argued, unpretentious, pleasantly written and, in short, an intellectual treat. Read it." Robert Ross

"Elbourne makes out a good case for revisiting a pioneering missionary enterprise swept up in the maelstrom of frontier warfare and advancing British colonialism." Norman Etherington

Elizabeth Elbourne is Associate Professor in History at McGill University.
King ADZ (pseudonym) MY MZANSI HEART,
229 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R225
A memoir that documents King Adz's travels around South Africa and his explorations of the youth and creative culture here. The book focuses on his encounters with different South African creative figures as well as his own personal history, including a drug-fueled time in the advertising industry, his family's experience of moving to South Africa, and his complex relationship with and love for the country.

"A book about food, music and style, but also a love song for a strange and wonderful country. King Adz came among us with open eyes and an open heart and saw all manner of marvels we've become blind to. Big ups to this foreigner for reminding us why we ought to love South Africa.' Rian Malan

King Adz is British by birth but he has been living in between the UK and South Africa since 1996. He is also the author of "The Urban Cookbook: creative recipes for the graffiti generation", "Street Knowledge: The A to Z of urban culture" and The Stuff You Can’t Bottle".
Pienaar (J.) LAND REFORM,
918 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R960
"The book covers all legal developments spanning the first phase or exploratory land reform programme that was embarked upon in 1991, followed by the all-encompassing land reform programme that coincided with the constitutional dispensation, until July 2013.
Land reform is approached with reference to its various contexts, drawing the broad categories of state land and private land that are further subdivided into urban and rural contexts, where relevant. All relevant legislative measures and policy documents are set out and major court decisions are analysed accordingly." from the back cover

Juanita Pienaar is Professor in Private Law at Stellenbosch University.
253 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2014. OUT OF PRINT
A history of the wine farms in the Constania Valley in Cape Town, and of its people.

Helen Robinson is also the author of "Beyond the City Limits - people and property at Wynberg", "Wunberg - a special place", and "The Villages of the Liesbeeck".
312 pp., paperback, London, 2014. R210
A novel about a murdered woman who cannot die and watches as her teenage daughter adjusts to life with a new family.

Miranda Sherry lives in Johannesburg. This is her first novel.
Steinberg (J.) A MAN OF GOOD HOPE,
335 pp., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Johannesburg, 2014. R250
A biography of Asad Abdullahi, forced into exile in 1991 at the age of eight after witnessing his mother's murder by Somali militiamen. Alone, he moved from country to country, mostly having to fend for himself. Eventually he made his way to Johannesburg, where he pursued s career as a shopkeeper in various townships. Jonny Steinberg met Asad in 2010, living with his wife and son in a displaced persons camp, victims of xenophobic violence in Khayelitsha and seeking refugee status in America. From interviews with Asad and with people in Europe and the United States who knew Asad's parents, from reports of nongovernmental organizations and international newspapers Jonny Steinberg pieced together Asad's story, placing it in the context of the Somali Diaspora.

"Through the remarkable tale of the truly astonishing character of Asad Abdullah, Steinberg returns all of us from the despair of distance to the dignity of brotherhood." Alexandra Fuller, author of "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight"

"A masterpiece. Steinberg has illuminated a modern African odyssey to brilliant effect." Martin Meredith, author of "The State of Africa"

"One of the most interesting things about 'A Man of Good Hope' is the insight it gives into this country’s Somali population. Steinberg writes about 'the thousands of lone entrepreneurs who have crossed SA’s borders since the end of apartheid...They do not want to make friends. They do not want to make SA their home. They want to make money. And that is what they do...I think it has something to do with looking 10 generations into the future and wondering what role you will have played in changing the lives of those who came after you...It’s what drove Asad to make many of the decisions he made, to plunge into the unknown. For him, to have lived a fully human life is to have radically altered the course of his family’s history." from an interview with the author by Penny How of Business Day

Jonny Steinberg was born and grew up in South Africa. He is the author of "Three Letter Plague", "Midlands" and "The Number". He has won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction twice, and received the inaugural Windham Campbell Prize. He teaches African Studies and Criminology at Oxford University and is an Associate at the Institute for the Humanities (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town.
Thompson (L.) A HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA, from the earliest known human habitation to the present
337 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Fourth Edition, Johannesburg, (1990) 2014. R265
A new edition of Leonard Thompson's history of South Africa, revised and updated by Lynn Berat. For this fourth edition, a new chapter has been added that describes the major developments of the post-Mandela years.

"I did not think it was possible for a white person to write a history of South Africa which a black person would find to be a fair and accurate account of a beautiful land and its people. Leonard Thompson has disabused me of that notion. His is a history that is both accurate and authentic, written in a delightful literary style." Desmond Tutu

"This is an outstanding book and in every sense of the word 'revisionist'. It reflects sound scholarship and is highly readable as well." John Galbraith, University of California, San Diegio

Leonard Thompson was the Charles J Stillé Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, and director of the former Yale Southern African Research Program. He died in 2005.

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