New Arrivals 14th to 20th of February 2014

Cameron (E.) JUSTICE, a personal account
347 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R310
A memoir by Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron, in which he reflects on the power and the limitations of the law and examines the role of the law in South Africa's transition.

"A remarkable integration of fascinating, often moving personal memoir, professional reminiscence and acute historical analysis of South African law, politics and society." Sir Sydney Kentridge, QC

"Shows with brilliant clarity how the life of a jurist informs his reading of the law. An inspirational, but never a self-indulgent, story of a remarkable South African life." Eusebius McKaiser

Edwin Cameron was the first senior South African official to state publicly that he was living with HIV/AIDS. His other books include the autobiography, "Witness to Aids", and "Defiant Desire, gay and lesbian lives in South Africa", which he co-authored with Mark Gevisser. He has received numerous awards, including the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights (2000) and the San Francisco Aids Foundation Excellence in Leadership Award for 2003, and the Brudner Prize from Yale for 2009-2010. In 2002 the Bar of England and Wales honoured him with a special award for his contribution to international jurisprudence and the protection of human rights.
259 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R220
A novel about a South African scriptwriter who sails into Somali waters determined to find the last remaining mtepe dhow.

Travel writer and photographer Justin Fox is a former editor of Getaway International magazine. He teaches part-time at the University of Cape Town. His other books include "Cape Town Calling", "The Marginal Safari", "Unspotted" and "African Epic".
Hansen (T.B.) MELANCHOLIA OF FREEDOM, social life in an Indian township in South African
354 pp., illus., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Johannesburg, 2013. R280
First published in the USA in 2012.

Thomas Blom explores five decades of ordinary, everyday township life in Chatsworth, a formerly Indian township in Durban, and analyses the uncertainties, dreams and anxieties that have accompanied post-apartheid freedoms.

"With profound insight, Hansen explores the struggles of South African Indians to take possession of their new political and cultural liberty since the end of apartheid. Showing how they are haunted by a past they cannot openly mourn and bereft of the ambiguous certainties once ensured by a racist state, this compelling and highly original book calls on us to rethink the complex challenges that attend the meaning of freedom everywhere." Jean Commaroff, University of Chicago

Thomas Blom is Professor of Anthropology and the Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of South Asian Studies at Stanford University.

"This excellent book provides a subtle and convincingly argued analysis of the 'embarrassment' inherent in belonging to a community which was marginal-within-marginal to the South African mainstream. In exploring complicities
and dependencies as well as forms of resistance, and in fusing together issues of politics, popular culture, and religion, it takes a substantial step beyond much of the literature in postapartheid South Africa." Deborah James, London School of Economics and Political Science
Kapp (P.) MATIES & AFRIKAANS, 'n besondere verhouding, 1911-2011
261 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2013. R180
Pieter Kapp discusses the relationship between the Afrikaans language and the history of the University of Stellenbosch.

Pieter Kapp was Professor of History at the University of Stellenbosch from 1986 to 1999. As president of the Convocation he took a stand against moves to replace Afrikaans with English as the medium of education on the campus. Currently he is a research associate at the University of the Free State.
Kirby (P.R.) MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA, third edition of 'The Musical Instruments of the Native Races of South Africa'
395 pp., map, illus., hardback, Revised Third Edition, Johannesburg, (1934) 2013. R415
The original edition was published in 1934. The second edition was published in 1965. The changes to the revised third edition include reworking the musical examples, redesigning the layout, changing the title and including new reproductions of the historic photographs. Kirby's text, concerned with detailed information on the making and playing of each instrument, is unchanged.

Foreword by Michael Nixon, Head of Ethnomusicology and African Music at the South African College of Music. Also includes the prefaces to the first and the second editions.

"This pioneering text, produced in a short time span, has great historical value, and constitutes a kind of baseline for research into southern Africa's musics. Riches abound in the text, which is not negated by dated theory and language." from Michael Nixon's foreword

South African ethnomusicologist Percival Robson Kirby was Professor of Music at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1921 to 1954. Together with his colleagues Raymond Dart and Louis Maingard, he undertook a comprehensive study of the musical practices of the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. He managed to purchase many of the instruments he encountered on his research trips and this collection, now known as the Kirby Collection, is housed at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town.
Mackenzie (J.) SWITCH,
255 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R170
An erotic novel about a dominatrix.

Jassy Mackenzie's other books include the erotic novel, "Folly", and the thrillers, "Worst Case", "Pale Horses" and "Stolen Lives". She lives in Johannesburg.
Sidley (S.B.) IMPERFECT SOLO, a dark comedy of random misfortune
287 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R230
"'Imperfect Solo' is the Book of Job rescripted for urban life, overlaid with notes of Mordecai Richler and Woody Allen. The narrator Meyer is brash, sentimental, outrageous and amusing. Sharp dialogue, engaging characters, and gorgeous musical descriptions make this a very entertaining read." Ken Barris, author of "Life Underwater"

"Reading a Boykey Sidley novel is to experience vicariously a life lived to the full, with all the excitement, mishaps and intellectual stimulation one wishes for but rarely gets. Sidley has the knack of expressing ideas most of us merely fumble at - and he does so acutely, fascinatingly, viscerally. Full of unflagging energy, verve and surprise, 'Imperfect Solo' is a rare aesthetic delight." Craig Mackenzie, Professor of English, University of Johannesburg

"Three books into an astonishing career, Sidley's modus operandi came fully formed out of the box: make 'em laugh a lot, make 'em cry a little, and make them think all the way through. Big Hearted, whip smart, and his best yet, 'Imperfect Solo' invites us to celebrate the coinage of an adjective: Sidley-esque'" Richard Poplack, author of "The Sheik's Batmobile

Steven Boykey Sidley is also the author of "Stepping Out" and "Entanglement", which won the 2012 University of Johannesburg Award for Debut Fiction. He lives in Johannesburg.

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