New Arrivals 7th to 13th of November 2014

Dlamini (J.) ASKARI, a story of collaboration and betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggle
307 pp., b/w & coloiur illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R265
Comrade September, a member of the ANC and its military wing, MK, was abducted from Swaziland by an apartheid death squad in 1986. Back in South Africa, he was interrogated and tortured. In the process he collaborated with his captors, turning against his comrades in the ANC. Jacob Dlamini tries to understand why September made the choices he did.

"Jacob Dlamini's new book is erudite, provocative, eloquent - and mysterious. It expands the genre of South African non-fiction and our understanding of the nature of betrayal." Mark Gevisser

Jacob Dlamini is also the author of "Native Nostalgia", about growing up in the township of Katlehong. Former political editor of Business Day, he is at present a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Research Associate at the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), University of the Witwatersrand.
1251 pp., paperback, Fourth Edition, Johannesburg, (1990) 2014. R420
The fourth edition of the first English and isiZulu dictionary published in South Africa. The English-Zulu Dictionary by Doke, Malcolm and Sikakana was published in 1958 as a companion to the Zulu-English Dictionary by Doke and Vilakazi. The first combined edition was published in 1990.

Linguists C.M.Doke, D.M.Malcolm and J.M.A.Sikakana and poet, novelist and lecutuer B.W.Vilakazi were all based at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Grundlingh (A.) POTENT PASTIMES, sport and leisure practices in modern Afrikaner history
240 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2013. R250
Albert Grundlingh explores the links between a range of leisure and sport practices enjoyed by Afrikaners and wider Afrikaner cultural and political concerns. He offers perspectives on the significance of rugby, the role played by greyhound racing in Johannesburg, holidays at Hartenbos beach, and how Afrikaners came to play cricket.

Albert Grundlingh is Head of the History Department at Stellenbosch University.
Lindsey-Renton (J.) INSPIRED, remarkable South Africans share their stories
261 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
Foreword by Trevor Manuel.

A collection of life stories of South Africans who have risen from adversity into prominent positions of leadership. People interviewed include Carrol Boyes (functional art) , Sizwe Nxasana CEO of FirstRand Bank Ltd), Nkhensani Nkosi (founder, CEO and Creative Director of the fashion label Stoned Cherry) Edwin Cameron (Constitutional Court Judge), Thuli Madonsela (Public Protector) Ferial Haffajee (editor of City Press), Francois Pienaar (captain of the 1995 Springbok rugby team), Maria Ramos (CEO of Transnet)
192 pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R220
A guide to around 150 of South Africa's best-loved towns and villages.
Meredith (M.) THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA, a 5,000 year history of wealth, greed and endeavour
745 pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2014. R325
First published in the UK in 2014.

A history of Africa, from the era of the pharaohs to the present.

Martin Meredith has written many books on Africa, including "The State of Africa: a history of fifty years of independence", "Coming To Terms: South Africa's search for truth", "Nelson Mandela: a biography", "Fischer's Choice: a biography of Braam Fischer", "South Africa's New Era: the 1994 election", "In the Name of Apartheid: South Africa in the Postwar Era", "Diamonds, Gold and War. the making of South Africa" and "The State of Africa, a history of the continent since independence."

Ndletyana (M.) & Maimela (D.) eds. ESSAYS ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE POST-APARTHEID STATE, legacies, reforms and prospects
343 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R375
Contributions include:
"The South African Police: from an instrument of terror to a legitimate modern policing agency" by Themba Shabangu
The Simulacrum of Equality? Engendering the post-94 South African state" by Lisa Vetten
"Conditional Grants: municipal (mis)use?" by Robert Cameron
"State Evolution and Sovereignty: the case of South Africa" by Ralph Mathekga.

Ngcobo (N.) EAT, DRINK & BLAME THE ANCESTORS, the best columns 2009-2014
288 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R190
A collection of Ndumiso Ngcobo's columns from the Sunday Times, edited and reworked.

"Ndumiso Ngcobo is the brilliant commissar of random weirdness" Chester Missing

Ndumiso Ngcobo is the author of "Some Of My Best Friends Are White" and "Is It Coz I'm Black?" He is also a radio presenter on Power FM and writes for television.
Ntshanga (M.) THE REACTIVE,
198 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R180
A novel about three friends who sell illegal pharmaceuticals in Cape Town.

"In sentences which swing like nobody else's in South Africa, Masande Mtshanga sets out on a thrilling new expedition of writerly daring" Imraan Coovadia

Masande Ntshanga is the winner of the 2013 PEN International New Voices Award. He was born in East London in 1986. After completing a Masters in Creative Writing under the Mellon Foundation, he received a Fullbright Award and an NRF Freestanding Masters scholarship. This is his first novel.
Thomas (K.) IMPOSSIBLE MOURNING, HIV/AIDS and visuality after apartheid
168 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R320
Kylie Thomas "explores the significance of the disavowal of AIDS death in relation to violence, death, and mourning under apartheid [and] engages with multiple forms of visual representation that work variously to compound, undo, and complicate the politics of loss. Drawing on work the author did in art and narrative support groups while working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Khayelitsha outside Cape Town, this book also includes analyses of the work of South African visual artists and photographers Jane Alexander, Gille de Vlieg, Jillian Edelstein, Pieter Hugo, Ezrom Legae, Gideon Mendel, Zanele Muholi, Sam Nhlengethwa." from the back cover

Kylie Thomas is a lecturer in the English Department at Stellenbosch University.
463 pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Pretoria, 2013. R285
Al J. Venter relates some of his and his friends' experiences in Africa. Venter served as an African and Middle East correspondent for various publications in the stable of Britain's Jane's Information Group. His other books include "War in Angola", "Africa at War", "The Chopper Boys", "War Dog", "War Stories, up close and personal in third world conflicts" and "Barrel of a Gun, a war correspondent's misspent moments".
Webb (C.) & Wright (J.) eds. & trans. THE JAMES STUART ARCHIVE, of recorded oral evidence relating to the history of the Zulu and neighbouring peoples, volume six
448 pp., hardback, d.w., Killie Campbell Africana Library, Manuscript Series, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R465
A further twenty-six sets of testimonies drawn from material in the James Stuart Collection of the Killie Campbell Africana Library in Durban.

"James Stuart was an official in the Natal colonial civil service in the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century. In meticulously recorded interviews with hundreds of informants, the great majority of them Africans, he assembled a vast and unique collection of notes on the traditions and customs of the Zulu and neighbouring peoples.
The documents published in the successive volumes of The James Stuart Archive represent edited, annotated and (where the original appears in Zulu) translated renderings of Stuart's notes and transcriptions. The testimony which he assembled piecemeal has been arranged by the editors under the names of the informants from whom it was obtained, and is being published in alphabetical name-order. The present volume carries the sequence from Socwatsha kaPhaphu to its ending with Zwayi kaMbombo, bringing to 185 the number of interlocutors whose testimonies have been published in the series." from the inside front dustcover

Volumes 1-5 are still available.

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