New Arrivals 17th to 23rd of January 2017
HOW TO OPEN THE DOOR,
A collection of poems by Marike Beyers, author of the chapbook of poems, "On Another Page". She lives in Grahamstown.
"Here is a distinctive new voice in South African poetry. Marike Beyers' writing is both simple and highly complex at the same time, delicate and tender and hard and angry. She brings her own unique perspective to the old themes of family, home and identity." Kobus Moolman, South African poet and author of "A Book of Rooms"
Forte (J.), Israel (P.) & Witz (L.) eds.
OUT OF HISTORY,
re-examining South African pasts
281pp., illus., map, paperback,
This book arises out of the Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar series at the University of the Western Cape.
"The chapters productively direct attention to the ebbs and flows of 'epistemological restlessness' on historiography's contested littorals, post-1994. This is a timely shift of perspective in the face of current concerns about the (un)-settled nature of the past that is South Africa's contemporary inheritance." Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative, University of Cape Town
"Epistemological Restlessness: trajectories in and out of history" by Leslie Witz, Jung Ran Forte and Paolo Israel
"Reading Oral Texts: new methodological directions" by Isabel Hofmeyr
"Northern Exposures: the photography of CHL Hahn, Native Commissioner of Ovamboland 1915-1946" by Patricia Hayes
"'Taking the Nation to School': IB Tabata and the politics of knowledge" by Ciraj Rassool
"Magema Magwaza Fuze and the Problem of Writing a 'Kholwa' Intellectual History" by Hlonipha Mokoena
historian, an autobiography
344pp., illus., paperback,
South African historian Hermann Giliomee was born in the Eastern Cape in 1938. He was Professor in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town from 1983 to 1998. From 1995 to 1997 he was President of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He is currently an extraordinary professor and research associate in the Department of History at the University of Stellenbosch. His publications include "The Afrikaners: biography of a people" (2003). He is co-author, with the historian Bernard Mbenga, of "Nuwe Geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika"/ "New History of South Africa" (2007).
Also available in Afrikaans.
TRAVELS WITH MY FATHER,
an autobiographical novel
"'Travel with My Father' examines the life between tragic loss (the death of her father) and new love (falling in love with her future husband). It's a surprising discovery of a sense of how we are part of the world, in simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary ways." Rustum Kozain, author of "This Carting Life" and "Groundwork"
"Karen Jennings' autobiographical novel is an exquisite exploration of the multiple dimensions of reality. Her beautifully written recollection of the life of her late father attests to the redemptive power of the narratives we tell ourselves and the journeys we choose. Jennings is tender, candid and funny." Liesl Jobson, author of "Ride the Tortoise"
"Karen Jennings has a keen eye for the quirky and the unusual. Her memoir-travelogue is a generous, beautifully written evocation of the special people and places in her life." Kobus Moolman, "A Book of Rooms"
Karen Jennings was born in Cape Town in 1982. She is also the author of the novel "Finding Soutbek" and the short story collection "Away from the Dead". She currently lives in Brazil.
science, race and the search for human origins
352pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Christa Kuljian discusses how reseach in the fields of palaeoanthropology and genetics over the past century in Europe, the USA, and South Africa has been shaped by the prevailing social and political context.
Christa Kuljian is a Writing Fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER). She is also the author of "Sanctuary, how an inner-city church spilled onto a sidewalk".
AN EMPTY PLATE,
why we are losing the battle for our food system, why it matters, and how we can win it back
Tracy Ledger, researcher in the field of economic development and an agri-food activist, analyses the South African agri-food system and demonstrates how misguided government policy and consumer apathy is entrenching inequality, perpetuating poverty, threatening land reform, and destroying the social fabric.
Liebenberg (I.) et al. eds.
A FAR-AWAY WAR,
207pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback,
"This book is a solid work on the Angolan War seen from a different perspective - the former Soviet Union (Russia), East Germany (the DDR) and the Republic of Cuba among others - against the background of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) and the Angolan struggle for independence...This work contributes to the understanding of present-day realities in the countries that were involved in the fierce political strife of the time. It offers striking if not controversial interpretations to past events that (perhaps disconcertingly) broadens our understanding of the present." Dr Mihail E Ionescu (Gen. retired), Institute for Political Studies of Defense and Military History, Bucharest
"This excellent publication provides much thought-provoking material as well as an invaluable bibliography on the war 'up north' and 'on the border (and beyond)', enabling those on all sides who took part in the conflict, as well as those who watched from the side-lines, to take stock of the most devastating conflict in southern Africa in recent years." Professor André Wessels, Department of History, University of the Free State
Ian Liebenberg is Director of the Centre for Military Studies at Stellenbosch University.
Vladimir Shubin is Professor Emeritus and former Deputy Director of the Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
Jorge Risquet was Chief Cuban negotiator during the Tripartite negotiations in 1988.
THREE RADIO PLAYS,
school boys, rent boys & klevva boys: Band of Brothers/ The British Maharajah and The German Rentboy/ Clayton Crawford PhD
Robin Malan was artistic director of CAPAB's theatre-in-education company and artisttic director of Pact Playwork theatre-in-education company. He has published numerous compilations of plays for schools. His own plays include "The Boy Who Walked into the World" and "Lord Hamlet". As Junkets Publisher he has published over forty new southern African plays.
OP 'N DAG 'N HOND,
A novel about a man's life-changing encounter with a dog.
Johannes Daniel (John) Miles was born in 1938 in Port Elizabeth. He was a lecturer in the Department of Afrikaans and Nederlands at the University of the Witwatersrand. Since his retirement in 1998 he has lived on a farm near Nieuwoudtville. His novel "Kroniek Uit die Doofpot" (1991) was awarded the M-Net, CNA and Helgaard Steyn Prizes. In 1997 it was translated into English as "Deafening Silence". His other novels include "Voetstoots" and "Die Buiteveld".
BORN A CRIME,
and other stories
First SA Edition,
First published in the USA in 2016.
A collection of 18 autobiographical essays by South African comedian Trevor Noah, currently host of the American television series, The Daily Show.
"As much as 'Born a Crime' is about Trevor, you can't help but see yourself in the stories he tells. In many ways, he is all of us. When Trevor writes about his mother, I feel like he is writing about mine. He was born in the tragedy and comedy that was apartheid South Africa and he recounts his experiences with compassion and humour. He validates my view: although we all seem ordinary, we all have extraordinary stories to tell - and to live." Khaya Dlange, author of "To Quote Myself"
"'Born a Crime' stikes the perfect balance of humour and seriousness. It is wild and calming; it makes you want to sit and reflect silently, and also to pick up the phone to question loved ones. It is both Xhosa and Swiss - the two forces that created this crime. Bravo Trevor! This book gave me all the answers about you to questions I never knew I had." Anele Mdoda, South Africa radio DJ
360pp., maps, paperback,
Reprint of Gerhardus Pool's history of the Herero Rebellion against German colonial rule in Namibia. In August 1904 German General Lothar von Trotha defeated the Herero in the Battle of Waterberg and drove them into the desert of Omaheke, where many died of starvation and thirst. Many of the remaining Herero were forced to surrender and were placed in concentration camps where medical experiments as well as daily executions took place. This war is considered by many historians to be the first genocide of the 20th century.
Gerhardus Pool taught history at the University of South Africa (UNISA), the University of Pretoria and the University of Stelllenbosch. He is also the author of "Pionierspoorweë in Duits-Suidwes-Afrika, 1897-1915".
Seekings (J.) & Nattrass (N.)
POVERTY, POLITICS & POLICY IN SOUTH AFRICA,
why has poverty persisted after apartheid?
Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass analyse the South African welfare state, labour market policies and the growth path of the South African economy, argue that the ANC government's policies have been, in important aspects, social democratic, and explain how social democratic policies both mitigate and reproduce poverty in countries like South Africa.
Jeremy Seekings in Professor of Political Studies and Sociology at the University of Cape Town. Nicoli Nattrass is Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town. They are both based in the Centre for Social Science Research.
PERFORMING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ AND SOUTH AFRICA,
gender, media, and resistance
290pp., illus., hardback, d.w.,
After twenty years of working with guerilla fighter in the Kurdish region of Iraq, refugees in Iran, interreligious groups in Morocco, and former political prisoners in South Africa, Kimberly Segall offers a view of how groups use media, art and popular culture to protest against injustice and to create new political identities.
"Segall engages some of the most innovative artists of contemporary South African theatre, including Brett Bailey, Yael Farber, and Nadia Davids. Performing artists' meditations on the complexities of post-apartheid democracy illuminate the gulf between South Africa's constitution, with its progressive aspirations for human rights, and the legacies of an apartheid past evident in persistent violence and socio-economic inequality today." Catherine Cole, author of "Performing South Africa's Truth Commission: stages of transition".
business as usual
292pp., colour illus., paperback,
Investigative journalist Angelique Serrao tracks the notorious career of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir. Krejcir entered South Africa under a false name, bribed his way out of extradition, and became involved in South Africa's criminal underworld. In 2012 a Czech court sentenced him in absentia to eight years imprisonment for fraud. In 2013 he was arrested and charged with kidnapping, drug dealing, and attempted murder in South Africa. In 2016 he was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but still faces murder and conspiracy charges.
Angelique Serrao is also the author of "The E-Toll Saga: a journey from CEO to civil activist", co-authored with Wayne Duvenhage,
DIE AARDE IS 'N EIERBLOU ARK,
A new collection of Afrikaans poems by Susan Smith, author of "In die Aanwesigheid van Sin" (2012).
Smuts (J.) & (R.)
DIE HELDER OOMBLIK,
A collection of Afrikaans short stories by Johan and Ria Smuts.
"Verfynde skryfkuns onderlȇ met baie lewenswysheid - 'n mens staan verstom oor die rykdom" Kerneels Breytenbach, retired publisher and author
JP Smuts, a retired lecturer from Stellenbosch, passed away shortly after completion of this text. He and his wife, Ria, are also the authors of the short story collection, "Die Water Wat Verby Is".
the story of a trade union in the ending of apartheid
441pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Jan Theron was General Secretary of The Food and Canning Workers' Union (FCWU) from 1976 to 1986, when he became General Secretary of the Food and Allied Workers' Union (FAWU). In this book he discusses the rebuilding of FCWU and what went wrong, both within the Union and with the trade union movement.
"'Solidarity Road' is a timely and highly readable insider's account of organising food workers across the colour line at the height of apartheid. It's a story of how organisation was undermined from above by a new political class and carries crucial lessons for labour after COSATU." Edward Webster, Professor Emeritus, WITS University
Jan Theron now combined working as an attorney with a part-time post at the University of Cape Town.