New Arrivals 28th to 5th of March 2016

20 YEARS OF SOUTH AFRICAN DEMOCRACY, so where to now?
120pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R250
This book is the outcome of a conference hosted in November 2014 by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Includes essays by Frene Ginwala, Sydney Mufamadi, Vusi Gumede, Trevor Manuel, Albie Sachs, Pregs Govender, and Imraan Patel.
Alcock (GG) KASINOMICS, African informal economies and the people who inhabit them
178pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R240
GG Alock, CEO of specialist marketing company Minanawe and author of "Third World Child", shares his experience of the low-income informal business sector in South African townships.

Cochet (H.), Anseeuw (W.) & Fréguin-Gresh (S.) SOUTH AFRICA'S AGRARIAN QUESTION,
358pp, maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R290
An assessment of what the authors consider to be the stagnation of South Africa's agrarian reform.

"What does it mean to reverse decades of racial injustice in access to land and productive resources, and to deal with a legacy of concentration and inequality? Can South Africa, which presents itself as the 'development state par excellence', succeed in the transition to more sustainable types of farming and to more localised food systems? The answers provided in this book will be of interest not only to all those interested in the South African experiment, but also to those who, in all regions, are questioning the mainstream agrifood regime and asking how it can be transformed." Olivier Schutter, Co-Chair, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems
d'Almeida (I.), Viakinnou-Brinson (L.) and Pinto (T.) eds. ECO-IMAGINATION, African and diasporan literatures and sustainability
343pp., paperback, Trenton, 2014. R720
A collection of papers from the 2010 African Literature Association (ALA) Conference.

Contributions include:
"Chromosome Cousins and Familiar Strangers: relational selfhood in Chris Mann's ecopoetry" by Mthatiwa Syned
"Foe's Intertexts, Suntexts and Palimpsests" by Eve Eisenberg.

Text in English and French.
Dicey (W.) MONGREL,
220pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R230
A collection of essays that investigate a range of topics, from radical environmentalism to the fault lines between farmer and worker and the joys and sorrows of reading.

"Dicey is what I look for in a writer: he has something to say and he puts it across with skill, intelligence and wit." Ivan Vladislavić

William Dicey is the author of "Borderline" (2004). He has worked as a mathematics lecturer, a book designer and a farmer. He divides his time between Cape Town and Ceres.
Hoosen (M.) CALL IT A DIFFICULT NIGHT,
160pp., paperback, Grahamstown, 2015. R140
A novel about madness. It traces the life of a young woman, institutionalised after a 'final break', diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy, and told she will be dead by the time she is 30.

Mishka Hoosen was born in Johannesburg. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Rhodes University and is currently studying anthropology. "Call It a Difficult Night" is her first novel.
Jacobs (J.) DIASPORA AND IDENTITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN FICTION,
354pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2016. R385
In this study of twenty novels J.U.Jacobs demonstrates how diaspora is a dominant theme and the diasporic subject the most recognisable figure in contemporary South African fiction. Novelists studied include Karel Schoeman, Zoë Wicomb, Zakes Mda, J.M.Coetzee, Aziz Hassim, Ivan Vladislavić, and Njabulo Ndebele.

J.U.Jacobs is Emeritus Professor of English, Senior Research Associate and Fellow of the University of KawZulu-Natal.
le Roux (M.) & Mavunganidze (J.) THE JOHANNESBURG GAS WORKS,
93pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2015. R435
A history of the Gas Works in Cottesloe, Johannesburg. Built in 1927, the Cottelsoe Gas Works closed in 1992 and the buildings have fallen into disrepair.

Includes the essays:
"Futurism and the Gas Works" by Clive Chipkin
"About Time (or: typographical transfers and the case of Johannesburg's Gas Works as an evolution from exploitative industrial machine, to no-man's land, to a singular chance to realise an inclusive urban future) by Alexander Opper.

Monika Läuferts le Roux and Judith Mavunganidze founded tsica heritage consultants in 2008.
Marachera (D.) CEMETERY OF MIND, poems, compiled and edited by Flora Veit-Wild
222pp., paperback, Trenton, 1999. R325
Complied by Dambudzo Marechera's biographer, Flora Veit-Wild, this collection contains more than 140 poems, many of which were retrieved after his death and were previously unpublished. It also includes notes and a 1984 interview with the poet by Flora Veit-Wild.

Dambudzo Marechera was born in Zimbabwe in 1952 and died in 1987 at the age of 35. His novel, "House of Hunger", was awarded the 1979 Guardian Fiction Prize. He left behind a large number of unpublished literary works. "The Black Insider", "Cemetery of Mind" and "Scrapiron Blues" were all published after his death.

Flora Veit-Wild is Professor of African Literature at Humboldt University in Berlin. She is also co-editor of "Emerging Perspectives on Dambudzo Marechera" and author of "Writing Madness, borderlines of the body in African literature".
Marinovich (G.) MURDER AT SMALL KOPPIE, the real story of the Marikana massacre
267pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R250
Photojournalist and filmmaker Greg Marinovich's investigation of the killing of 34 miners by police at Marikana in August 2012.

"Evocative, compelling and provocative. Marinovich's book on this defining moment of South African history provides an immense contribution to our understanding and undoubtedly will be referenced for many years to come." Rehad Desai, director of "Miners Shot Down"

'When the Daily Maverick's Greg Marinovich was interviewed about his stories on the massacre, he was asked what advice he would give to journalists to improve their reporting, and his response was simply to '...go take people's stories'. If journalists are to rise to the task of reflecting accurately the most troubled period in South Africa's post-apartheid history, then journalists should take the advice seriously. If they do not, they will continue to fail South Africa." Jane Duncan, Rhodes University

Pulitzer Prize winner Greg Marinovich was a member of the Bang-Bang Club and co-author of "The Bang-Bang Club: snapshots of a hidden war". He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2013/2014 and teaches visual journalism at Boston University's journalism school and the Harvard summer school.



O'Toole (S.) & Tavengwa (T.) eds. CITYSCAPES, re-thinking urban things, issue 7, futurity
142pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R140
Cityscapes, a magazine published twice a year, focuses on the emergent cities of the global south.

Contributions include:
"Anatomy of a Failure", Sean O'Toole on Tshwane's failed prepaid smart metering system
"Africa in the Next Century", Achille Mbembe
"We Need to Start Talking About the Future", Parks Tau and Lesley Lokko on remaking Johannesburg
"Science≠Fiction", Nnedi Okorafor and Lauren Beukes on science and science fiction in Africa.
Robins (S.) LETTERS OF STONE,
314pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R260
Steven Robins' account of his attempts to uncover the truth of what happened to his father's family, trapped in Berlin during the Nazi terror. He also discusses the rise of eugenics and racial science before World War II, and how this justified the murder of Jews by the Nazis and caused South Africa and other countries to refuse asylum to Jewish refugees.

"This is a most exceptional and unforgettable book" Antjie Krog

Steven Robins is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch.
Thorpe (J.) THE PECULIARS,
240pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R220
A novel set in Cape Town about two patients at the Centre for Improved Living hoping to learn to manage their phobias.

Jen Thorpe is a writer and researcher. She founded the My First Time women's writing project. This is her first novel.
van Nierop (L.) DAAR DOER IN DIE FLIEK, 'n persoonlike blik op die geskiedenis van die Afrikaanse rolprent
467pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R350
Leon van Nierop discusses the development of the Afrikaans film industry in South Africa.

Leon van Nierop is a well-known radio personality, film critic and novelist. Two of his novels, "Wolwedans in die skemer" and "Ballade vir 'n Enkeling" have been made into films. He was head of the film school at Tshwane University of Technology and often lectures on film and creative writing.
van Zyl (M.) AMRAAL,
379pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R260
An Afrikaans historical novel about the life of Khoikhoi leader Amraal Lambert (c.1774-1864), the first Captain of the Kailkhauan (Khauas Nama), a subtribe of the Orlam, in the eastern area of Namaland, now Namibia.

Veit-Wild (F.) DAMBUDZO MARECHERA, a source book on his life and work
426pp., illus., paperback, Trenton, 2004. R720
Dambudzo Marechera was born in Zimbabwe in 1952 and died in 1987 at the age of 35. His novel, "House of Hunger", was awarded the 1979 Guardian Fiction Prize. He left behind a large number of unpublished literary works. "The Black Insider", "Cemetery of Mind" and "Scrapiron Blues" were all published after his death.

Flora Veit-Wild is Professor of African Literature at Humboldt University in Berlin. She is also co-editor of "Emerging Perspectives on Dambudzo Marechera" and author of "Writing Madness, borderlines of the body in African literature".
Wessels (E.) et al (eds.) HARTSKOMBUIS, boerekos van die Anglo-Boereoorlog tot vandag
215pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R300
A collection of traditional Boer recipes, together with photographs from the Boer War, compiled by women at the War Museum of the Boer Republics in Bloemfontein.

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