New Arrivals 31st to 6th of February 2014

Coetzee (J.M.) THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS,
328 pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2013) 2014. R205
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. BLOODY PARCHMENT, Hidden Things, Lost Things, and other stories
93 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R90
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.
Douglas (S.) THE STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ, volume one
337 pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2013. R295
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. MANDELA, son of Africa, father of a nation
118 + 29 minutes, DVD, CD, , 1996. R230
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.
Mahala (S.) WHEN A MAN CRIES,
162 pp., paperback, Reprint, Pietermaritzburg, (2007) 2012. R150
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.
Ntleko (A.) EMPTY HANDS, the life of Sister Abegail Ntleko
158 pp., illus., paperback, San Francisco, 2012. R215
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.
Stevens (U.) BO-KAAP & ISLAM,
132 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R125
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.

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