New Arrivals 31st to 6th of February 2014
THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS,
328 pp., paperback,
A new novel by J.M.Coetzee about a man and a boy's new life in an imagined socialist state.
"Coetzee has always had the enviable ability, in a writer, to make a virtue of his limitations. The prose is very plain; the characters are a little abstract; the questions they ask aren't quite as interesting as they suppose. Coetzee knows all this, but where it leaves the reader I'm not so sure." Benjamin Markovitz, The Observer
J.M.Coetzee's work includes "Waiting for the Barbarians", "Life & Times of Michael K","Disgrace" and "Diary of a Bad Year." He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.
Dorman (N.) ed.
Hidden Things, Lost Things, and other stories
93 pp., paperback,
An anthology of the ten shortlisted horror short stories from the 2011 Bloody Parchment writing competition, the literary component of the annual South African HorrorFest. The winning entrant was "Hidden Things, Lost Things" by Brett Bruton, and the runner-up was "Healing Hands" by Jenny Robson.
THE STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ,
337 pp., illus., paperback,
Straun Douglas's self-published book on South African jazz. It includes a history of jazz in South Africa and extracts from conversations Struan Douglas has had with Abdullah Ibrahim, Morris Goldberg, BarneyRachabane, Vince Colbe, Ezra Ngcukana, Robbie Jansen, Feya Faku, Johnny Fourie, Marcus Wyatt, Gita Baloi, Zolani Mkiva, and Moses Molelekwa.
Struan Douglas is founding director of afribeat.com, a free music website.
Gibson (A.) & Menell (J.) dir.
son of Africa, father of a nation
118 + 29 minutes, DVD, CD,
The official film biography of Nelson Mandela. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
The CD features well-known ant-apartheid songs from South Africa. Musicians include Jennifer Jones and Hugh Masekela, The African Jazz Pioneers, The Skylarks, The Manhattan Brothers, Miriam Makeba, The Kalahari Surfers, Johnny Clegg and Suvuka, Vusi Mahlasela, Bayete and Jabu Khanyile, and Brenda Fassie.
Includes a 25 pp. booklet that briefly outlines Nelson Mandela's life and provides a background to the music on the CD.
WHEN A MAN CRIES,
162 pp., paperback,
A novel about "a family man who is caught between his flourishing career as a teacher and municipal councillor in the township of Sekunjalo, and his overriding sexual interests." from the back cover
Siphiwo Mahala was born in Grahamstown. Currently he lives in Pretoria and works at the Department of Arts and Culture. "When a Man Cries" is his first novel.
Mashele (P.) & Qobo (M.)
THE FALL OF THE ANC,
228 pp., paperback,
"In this book we reflect on what we see as the vegetative state of the ANC. We interpret current events to discern trends that paint a picture of possibilities that might lie ahead...we want to alert South Africans to the dangerous implications for social stability and long-term national prosperity of the ANC's collapse...we also paint what we believe are inspiring signs of a desirable future." Prince Mashele and Mzukisi Qobo, from their introduction
"A high-octane, brutal critique of the ANC's battle to govern South Africa effectively. It shatters myths about our past and provides a timely wake-up call for the future." Mondli Makhanya, City Press
"A very significant book by two young intellectuals associated with the Midrand Group. Mashele and Qobo have dissected the ANC with a skilfully wielded scalpel to create perhaps the most important book yet written on the ANC in power. Its vigorous prose and the erudition of the authors make it a pleasure to read." David Welsh, author of "The Rise and Fall of Apartheid"
Prince Mashele is the Executive Director of the Centre for Politics and Research. He writes for The Sunday Independent newspaper and is also the author of "The Death of our Society".
Mzukisi Qobo teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria and is affiliated to the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation.
the life of Sister Abegail Ntleko
158 pp., illus., paperback,
Autobiography by Abegail Ntleko. Born in rural KwaZulu-Natal Abegail Ntleko overcame enormous difficulties to qualify as a nurse. In response to the AIDS pandemic she began adopting orphans, educating her community and founding orphanages. She received an Unsung Hero Award from the Dalai Lama in 2009.
Introduction by Desmond Tutu.
BO-KAAP & ISLAM,
132 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Foreword by Robert Shell.
Teacher and tour guide Ursula Stevens' history of the Bo-Kaap. She focuses especially on the various mosques found in the neighbourhood and on how the religion of Islam has shaped the community.