New Arrivals 17th to 23rd of April 2016

Adebajo (A.) THABO MBEKI, Africa's philosopher-king, a Jacana pocket biography
187pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R140
Also published in the USA.

Thabo Mbeki was deputy president (1994-1999) and then president (1999-2008) of South Africa.

Adekeye Adebayo is Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He is the author of "The Curse of Berlin: Africa after the Cold War" and editor of "Africa's Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African descent". He is a columnist for Business Day (South Africa) and "The Guardian" (Nigeria).
Breytenbach (B.) DIE SINGENDE HAND , versamelde gedigte, 1984-2014
744pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R400
This book includes all the poetry collections published since Breyten Breytenbach's release from prison, except for "soos die so", which was half-finished before he went to prison.
Cantacuzino (M.) THE FORGIVENESS PROJECT, stories for a vengeful age
218pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, London & Philadelphia, (2015) 2016. R230
Forewords by Desmond Tutu and Alexander McCall Smith.

Stories from survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence about the impact of forgiveness.

Includes Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele and Linda Biehl and Easy Nofemela from South Africa.

The Forgiveness Project, founded by Marina Cantacuzino, uses personal narratives to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution can be used to impact positively on people's lives. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion.
Hattingh (R.) HUILBOEK,
159pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R210
A new novella by Ryk Hattingh. In this autobiographical work he explores his childhood on the East Rand in the 1960s, as well as his life in New Zealand.

Writer and playwright Ryk Hattingh's previous novels include "​Die Tonnel", ​"Markus Vermoed ’n Verhaal", "Ignatius Brand" and "Witskr​if". He also worked as a journalist for Vrye Weekblad and ​Die Suid-Afrikaan​. ​He lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and children.
168pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R165
Written for young adults, this is the true story of Job Maseko, a South African hero of World War II. Job was taken prisoner by General Rommel along with 33 000 Allied troops at Tobruk Harbour in 1942.
Kamfer (R.) HAMMIE,
95pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R215
A new collection of poems in Afrikaans by Ronelda Kamfer.

Ronelda Kamfer was born in Cape Town in 1981. Her first collection of poetry, "Noudat Slapende Honde" won the 2009 Eugene Marais prize. Her second collection, "grond/ Santekraam", was awarded an Absa Kanna in 2012.
MacMillan (H.) JACK SIMONS, teacher, scholar, comrade, a Jacana pocket biography
167pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R165
Also published in the USA.

Marxist scholar Jack Simons (1907-1995) taught at the University of Cape Town, and spent time with the ANC in exile in Zambia and in MK's camps in Angola. He helped produce the ANC's "Constitutional Guidelines" for post-apartheid South Africa.

Historian Hugh MacMillan is currently an extraordinary researcher at the University of the Western Cape. His most recent books are "The Lusaka Years: the ANC in exile in Zambia, 1963-94" and "Chris Hani".
Matthews (D.) OUR CAPTURED MINDS, how religions and ideologies exploit morality to order and control society
152pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R195
David Anthony Matthews' reflections on how society is ordered and controlled by its leaders.
56pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R110
A play about a young boy living in a kingdom where all the inhabitants' cows are sick and dying, who takes his family's last cow and leaves for the land of King Marufu, not knowing what lies ahead.

Menzi Mkhwane was born in 1989. While studying drama at the Durban University of Technology he won numerous awards and during his final year was chosen to perform in Jolanda van der Spoel's production of "Oliver Twist", which toured Holland. His first professional play, "Pockets of Knowledge", was nominated for Best New South African script at the Durban Mercury Theatre Awards in 2012. His second solo piece, "Looking into the Abyss", won the Audience Award in the Musho! Theatre Festival.
Mofolo (T.) CHAKA,
244pp., paperback, New Edition, Cape Town, (1931) 2015. R265
A reprint of Daniel Kunene's 1981 English translation of Thomas Mofolo's Sesotho novel about the Zulu warrior king Shaka.

With a new foreword by Wamuwi Mbao.
Mulgrew (N.) STATIONS, stories
186pp., paperback, Caoe Town, 2016. R180
A collections of short stories by Nick Mulgrew.

Nick Mulgrew was born in Durban in 1990. Raised in uMhlanga and Auckland, New Zealand, he now lives in Cape Town. He has published a collection of poetry, "the myth of this is that we're all in this together" and co-edited (with Karina Szczurek) the collection, "Water: new short fiction from Africa".
Reilly (J.) TEACHING THE 'NATIVE', behind the architecture of an unequal education system
302pp., paperback, Cape Town , 2016. R290
"'Teaching the Native' provides an invaluable historical explanation for the controversies that currently bedevil South African education. Artfully written, with a keen eye for historical nuance and detail, Joseph Reilly takes us on an epic journey through the history of South African educational policy, demonstrating the global and transnational connections between the South African university and British imperialism and American racism. He deftly weaves a story of how education, far from being a neutral 'technocratic' solution to inequality, has actually played a key role in creating societies structured in dominance. His analysis, which demonstrates that the present dissatisfaction within the South African academy is a predictable outcome of its history, also provides a valuable blueprint for how to rebuild South African education in the 21st century." Zine Magubane, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston College

Scholar and anti-apartheid activist Joseph Reilly is currently working on an archival project celebrating the scholarship and liberation heritage of Professor Ben Magubane through the Bernard Magubane Trust.
Strauss (J.) THE CURATOR,
342pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2015) 2016. R205
A novel about a man living with his mother and disabled father in a small Pretoria apartment. Haunted by a massacre that took place in his childhood, he contemplates murder to change the course of the unhappy life of his family.

"With its forcefully characterised anti-hero Werner, this is a book that will conjure favourable comparisons with other South African literary masters. After the squandering of Mandela's legacy, this is hardly a blessed country – but there is hope of a kind suggested in 'The Curator'." Barry Forshaw, Independent

"Murder is everywhere you look in this dark and gripping novel..bit it's often achingly funny" Kate Saunders, The Times

Jacques Strauss was born and raised in Johannesburg. He is also the author of "The Dubious Salvation of Jack V", which won the Commonwealth Book Prize, Africa. He lives in London.
Wyngaard (B.) SLAAFS,
292pp., paperback, Cape Town , 2016. R200
A crime thriller about human trafficking, set in Khayelitsha. In Afrikaans.

Bettina Wyngaard is also the author of "Troos vir die Gebrekenes", which won the Jan Rabie Rapport prize, and "Vuilspel".

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