New Arrivals 7th to 13th of February 2015

Cleveland (T.) STONES OF CONTENTION, a history of Africa's diamonds
225pp., illus., maps, paperback, Athens, 2014. R375
An introduction to the history of diamond mining in Africa.

"Todd Cleveland expertly mines the social, political, and economic history of Africa's diamond industry, explaining the phenomenon of 'blood diamonds', the regulatory efforts of the past decade, and a growing sense of optimism that these 'stones of contention' may, at long last, contribute to meaningful development." Ian Smillie, author of "Blood on the Stone: greed, corruption and war in the global diamond trade" and "Diamonds"

Todd Cleveland is Assistant Professor of History at Augustana College, Illinois.
Crossman (T.) dir. HYENA BOYS,
10 minutes, DVD, , No Date. R185
A short documentary about a group of men, women and children in Nigeria who tame and perform with snakes, baboons and hyenas.
Sithole (N.) HUNGER EATS A MAN,
166pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R230
Set in a poor rural community plagued by poverty and corruption, this novel tells the story of one man’s disillusionment after he loses his job as a farmhand, and his determined efforts to make a living, even if it means having to be dishonest.

Nkosinathi Sithole grew up in rural KwaZulu-Natal. He teaches English at the University of Zululand. This is his first novel.
Stanley (L.) IMPERIALISM, LABOUR AND THE NEW WOMAN, Olive Schreiner's social theory
194pp., map, paperback, Durham, 2002. R550
A reconceptualisation of the scope and importance of Olive Schreiner's economic and political writings on South Africa, her ideas about genre and form, and her contribution as a feminist theorist.

Liz Stanley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She is co-editor of "The World's Great Question, Olive Schreiner's South African letters, 1889-1920" (2014).
Zimbler (J.) J.M.COETZEE AND THE POLITICS OF STYLE,
232pp., hardback, d.w., Cambridge, 2014. R630
Jarad Zimbler tracks the development of JM Coetzee's style from "Dusklands" to "Disgrace", and compares his writing with the work of Nadine Gordimer, Andre Brink and Alex La Guma.

Jarad Zimbler is a lecturer in modern English literature at the University of Birmingham.

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