New Arrivals 17th to 23rd of January 2015

Delius (P.), Maggs (T.) & Schoeman (A.) FORGOTTEN WORLD, the stone-walled settlements of the Mpumalanga escarpment
157pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R270
The history of the ruined settlements in Mpumalang known as Bokoni, the country of the Koni people.

Between Ohrigstad and Carolina, over 10 000 square kilometres of the escarpment are connected into a complex web of stone-walled homesteads, terraced fields and linking roads. The archaeological and historical research presented in "Forgotten World" demonstrates "that these settlements were at their peak between 1500 and 1820, that they housed a substantial population, organised vast amounts of labour for infrastructural development and displayed extraordinary levels of agricultural innovation and productivity" (from the back cover), and that the Koni were part of a trading system linked to the coast of Mozambique and the world of Indian Ocean trade.

Peter Delius is Professor of History at the University of the Witwatersrand. His latest books include "Mpumalanga: history and heritage" and "Mpumalanga, an illustrated history", both with Michael Hay, and "A Long Way Home: migrant worker worlds 1800-2014", co-edited with Laura Phillips and Fiona Rankin-Smith.
In the 1960s archaeologist Tim Maggs did pioneering research on the precolonial black farming communities in the Free State. Retired to the Western Cape, he continues to cooperate in research projects on the Later Stone Age and early farming communities in the Western Cape, North West and especially Mpumalanga.
Alex Schoeman is a senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Harsch (E.) THOMAS SANKARA, an African revolutionary, a Jacana pocket biography
163pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2014. R130
First published in the USA in 2014.

A short biography of Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. He was assassinated during a military coup that toppled his government.

Ernest Harsch is a research scholar at the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University.
Kirsch (B.), Skorge (S.) & Magona (S.) CLICKING WITH XHOSA, a Xhosa phrasebook
218pp., map, illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town , (2001) 2014. R160
This Xhosa phrasebook includes pronunciation guides, the basic rules of Xhosa grammar, mini Xhosa-English and English-Xhosa dictionaries, information of Xhosa culture and idioms, brief profiles of prominent Xhosa-speakers, and guides to places of interest in South Africa.
Nzongola-Ntalaja (G.) PATRICE LUMUMBA, a Jacana pocket biography
164pp., map, paperback , First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2014. R130
First published in the USA in 2014.

A short biography of Patrice Lumumba, leader of the independence struggle of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. After elections in 1960 he was declared the country's first Prime Minister. Dismissed from government a few months later, he was executed by firing squad in January 1961.

Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja is Professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Professor Emeritus of African Studies at Howard University.
Selassie (B.) EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE, a Jacana pocket biography
146pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2014. R130
First published in the USA in 2014.

A short biography of Emperor Haile Selassie, who ruled Ethiopia from 1916 to 1974.

Bereket Habte Selassie is William E. Leuchtenburg Professor of African Studies and Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former Attorney General of Ethiopia as well as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Ethiopia. A former state official, he served in Selassie's government.
Sullivan (H.) ed. PRUFROCK, South Africa, volume 2, issue 3
64pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R55
Prufrock is a quarterly magazine that features fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photographs from South Africa.

Contributions include:
"I Didn't Come Here to Stare at Big Ben", an extract from an upcoming novel by Edwige-Renée Dro
"Mendi", a poem by Helen Sullivan
"Vers(teen): tien haikus vir die dood" by Karel Kopbeen
"Peace and Order in Thailand", an article about the 2014 coup d'état by Megan Ross
"Unspeakable Acts of the Ant", a piece on ants by Adriaan Odendaal
"Brioche Antoinette", a recipe by André Sales.

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