New Arrivals 30th to 5th of June 2015

Attwell (D.) J.M.COETZEE AND THE LIFE OF WRITING, face to face with time
272pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R280
A literary biography of J.M.Coetzee that reveals the connections and relations between the novelist's life and work. David Attwell draws extensively on Coetzee's notebooks and manuscripts housed in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

"With exemplary care, clarity and sensitivity David Attwell shows just how illuminating a literary biography can be." Zoë Wicomb

"A fascinating, highly readable and tremendously insightful account of the processes through which some of the greatest novels of our time came into being." Derek Attridge, University of York

"sheds startling new light on the relentless process of making and remaking that has produced the 2003 Novel Prize winner's oeuvre" Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford

David Attwell is Professor of English at the University of York. He is also the author of "J.M.Coetzee: South Africa and the Politics of Writing" and editor of "Doubling he Point: essays and interviews".
Dorman (N.) ed. TERRA INCOGNITA,
281pp., paperback, No Place, 2015. R180
A collection of short speculative stories from Short Story Day Africa 2015. The winning story is "Leatherman" by Diane Awerbuck. Second place went to "Ape Shit" by Sylvia Schlettwein. "In the Water" by Kerstin Hall took third place.
Hendrikz (A.) SHEENA DUNCAN,
255pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R295
Introduction by Desmond Tutu.

A biography of anti-apartheid activist Sheena Duncan (1932-2010). Sheena Duncan was President of the Black Sash from 1975 until 1978 and again from 1982 until 1986. She edited the Black Sash magazine, managed the Johannesburg branch of the Sash's advice office, was National Coordinator of the Advice Offices, a member of the National Executive and a founding member of the Black Sash Trust. She was also a member of the National Coordinating Committee for the Return of Exiles, the Independent Board of Inquiry into Informal Repression and a Patron of the Society for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. She worked with the End Conscription Campaign. She was Vice-president of the South African Council of Churches from 1987 until 1990 and Senior Vice-President from 1990 until 1993.



Jackson (H.) ANOTHER FARM IN AFRICA,
223pp., illus., map, paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R240
A biography by businessman, farmer and minister Henry Jackson. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, he writes about the war, independence, and the farm invasions. His farm was invaded in 2012 and he was later imprisoned on a charge of stock theft. He now lives in South Africa.
Jansen (A.) EUGENE DE KOCK, assassin for the state
327pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R315
Annemari Jansen's biography of former Vlakplaas commander Eugene de Kock, based on three years of conversations with De Kock in prison, as well as on his diaries and prison writings, psychological reports and interviews with de Kock's family, friends and former Koevoet and Vlakplaas colleagues.

Also available in Afrikaans.
Jansen (E.) SOOS FAMILIE, stedelike huiswerkers in Suid-Afrikaanse tekste
57pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R350
Elsa Jansen explores the character of "the servant" in South African literature, from the time of the V.O.C to the present. Characters discussed include Minnie Postma's Julia, Elsa Joubert's Poppie, Riana Scheepers' Katriena, Koos Kombuis' Kytie, JM Coetzee's Florence and Antjie Krog's Victoria. She also discusses autobiographical accounts by black women who have worked as servants, as recorded in the book "Thula Baba" (1987) and by Sindiwe Magona in "To My Children's Children", "Living, Loving, and Lying Awake at Night" and "Forced to Grow".

Ena Jansen taught literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. She now lives in Amsterdam where she is Professor of South African literature at the University of Amsterdam. She also lectures at the Free University and is a research associate at the University of Johannesburg.
Manning (I.) NO REWARD FOR DUTY, a biographical note on the life and career of Captain G.V.Legassick DSC RD RNR
278pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R350
Captain G.V.Legassick DSC RD Royal Navy Reserve (1904-1964) served with distinction in the British Merchant Service. During WWII he served in escort ships in the North Atlantic and the Western Approaches. He was the Captain-Superintendent of the South African Nautical College '"General Botha" from 1947 to 1958.
Matthews (J.) GENTLY STIRS MY SOUL,
73pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Grahamstown, 2015. OUT OF PRINT
A new collection of poems by struggle poet, writer and publisher James Matthews. His previous anthologies of poems include "Cry Rage", "Poisoned Wells & Other Delights", "Poems from a Prison Cell" and "Age is a Beautiful Phase".

Foreword by Mongane Wally Serote.
Mbembe (A.) ON THE POSTCOLONY,
274 pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2015. R355
This collection of essays was originally published in French in 2000, and in English in the USA in 2001. This edition has been updated with a foreword by Isabel Hofmeyr and a preface by Achille Mbembe.

"This brilliant book takes us on an agonising journey through what it means to engage violence, death, and sexuality in the shadows of African colonialism. Ranging widely across the boundaries of social theory, history, and philosophy, Mbwembe makes a fundamental reassessment of the conditions of possibility for speaking from or about Africa. At the same time, he offers an unflinching study of the political economy of brutality as imaged and objectified by colonialism. It is also a remarkable work of social poetics, filled with insights into the state, the body, and the fetish that could enable Africa to emerge from its role as the darkness in our worlds." Arjun Appadurai, author of "Modernity at Large: cultural dimensions of globalisation"

"In the decade since its publication, 'On the Postcolony' has proven one of the most lastingly provocative and stimulating contributions to the theoretical literature on the postcolonial state in sub-Saharan Africa." Mikael Karlström, Researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Achille Mbembe is a Senior Researcher at WISER (Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research).
Miller (A.) DUB STEPS,
366pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R245
A science fiction novel set in Johannesburg about a handful of human survivors in a suddenly de-populated world. This novel won the 2015 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award (previously the European Union Literary Award).

Andrew Miller is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer, public speaker and performance poet.
Olsen (K.) MUSIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA, maskanda past and present
221pp., hardback, Philadelphia, 2014. R1150
"Kathryn Olsen's 'Music and Social Change in South Africa' captures much of the fascinating 'spirit' of maskanda as a nuanced musical expression of the highly politicized discourses of black South African repression and emancipation. Olsen has much to offer in terms of documenting and describing a selection of commercially recorded music by musicians who approach maskanda from different life perspectives. Her book is important, as it informs an understanding of the musical and cultural practices of this genre as being dependent on not only the relationship between the various representations of it that emerged during apartheid and after but also the contextual richness of transformation in South Africa today." Martina Viljoen, Associate Professor of Music at the University of the Free State

"'Music and Social Change in South Africa' is a valuable book on maskanda. It brings together many strands in the interpretation of a popular genre and practice in South African music, presenting it as both a regional and a world music. Olsen allows the music and the musicians to resonate with a rich sense of presence. The music, its meanings, and its histories are discussed with sensitivity to a range of issues. Olsen synthesizes complex cultural and sociopolitical issues at play in a large time swathe of South African history with individual lived experiences and both musical and textual analysis. This is an extensive account of a major popular music genre in a large region of the world" Christine Lucia, Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa

Maskanda is a form of neo-traditional Zulu instrumental music performed primarily with voice and special type of guitar-playing, also other instruments such as concertina, violin, and piano accordion are sometimes used. The word maskanda probably derives from the Afrikaans word for musician, 'musikant'.

Kathryn Olsen is a lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Soni (R.) LOOKING FOR LAKSHMI,
124pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R185
Rajan Soni's account of his search for his Indian paternal grandmother, Bibiji, and the journey that took him to his ancestral home in North Punjab.

Born in Mombasa, Rajan Soni has lived in Kenya, South Africa and the UK. He has travelled to over 60 countries on five continents and regards himself as a citizen of the world.
Stemmet (N.) BACK+PAGE, heritage food, word journeys
319pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2014. R398
A collection of Niël Stemmet's articles from "home" magazine, spanning 2012-13, supplemented by old recipes and letters from readers.

Interior designer and restaurant curator Niël Stemmet of Koncept Design is the owner of Le Must restaurant in Upington and the author of the salt+pepper column. He is also the author of the book, "salt+pepper".
Sullivan (H.) ed. PRUFROCK, South Africa, volume 2, issue 4
64pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R55
Prufrock is a quarterly magazine that features fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photographs from South Africa.

Contributions include:
"A Museum for Gower", an extract from her forthcoming novel by Claire Robinson
"Dynamite", an essay on rugby by Nick Mulgrew
"Lorrie Moore Truths", an essay on Lorrie Moore and living in New York by Anneke Rautenbach
"Leftovers", a letter from a father to his son by Thabo Jijana
"Rose Geranium Cured Salmon with a Watercress Chantilly and Rose Geranium Leaf Crème", a recipe by André Sales, a bookseller at Clarkes Bookshop.
Truter (E.) & Rudman (M.) eds. FISHING STORIES FOR AFRICA, stories from the first ten years of "The Fishing & Hunting Journal"
300pp,. illus., paperback, Port Elizabeth, 2014. R220
Forty stories written by fishermen, previously published in the first ten volumes of "The Fishing & Hunting Journal" (1998-2007).
van Niekerk (M.) KAAR,
212pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R220
A new collection of Afrikaans poems by Marlene van Niekerk, author of the novels "Triomf" (1994) and "Agaat" (2004) and the poetry collections "Sprokkelster" (1997) and Groenstar (1983).
Venter (A.) et al SHIPWRECK STORIES,
426pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R295
A collection of stories about diving on the shipwrecks off the coast of South Africa. Shipwrecks explored inlucde including the General Botha, the Reijgersdaal, the Arniston, HMS Birkenhead, the Ennerdale, the Maori, the Colebrooke, the Bredenhof, and many more

Al 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".
Winterbach (I.) IT MIGHT GET LOUD,
336pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R290
First published in 2012 in Afrikaans as "Die Aanspraak van Lewende Wesens". Translated into English by Michiel Heyns.

A novel about two parallel journeys: a man and a woman in search of the reasons for a brother's and a sister's downfall. The original Afrikaans version of this novel won the M-Net Award, the University of Johannesburg Literary Prize, the Hertzog Prize, the WA Hofmeyr Prize and the Great Afrikaans Novel Prize.

Ingrid Winterbach is also the author of "Karolina Ferreira" (M-Net Prize and Old Mutual Literature Prize), "Buller se Plan" (W.A.Hofmeyr Prize), Niggie (Hertzog Prize), "Die Boek van Toeval en Toeverlaat" (M-Net Prize, W.A.Hofmeyr Prize, University of Johannesburg Prize) and "Die Benederyk" (M-Net Prize). She is also a well-known artist.

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