New Arrivals 13th to 19th of June 2017

UBIZO, the calling
192 minutes, 2xDVDs, , 2007. R185
A TV mini-series about Nomathemba, a sophisticated, modern woman with a successful career as a microbiologist who receives a calling from the ancestors in her dreams to undergo 'uthwasa', the necessary process of suffering to become a 'sangoma' (traditional healer).
Alcock (G.) THIRD WORLD CHILD, born white, Zulu bred
363pp., map, paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2014) 2017. R160
Reprint of GG Alcock's autobiography, in which he writes about growing up in rural Zululand in the 1970s and 1980s, and how this affected him as an adult.

GG Alcock's parents, Neil and Creina, lived in Msinga in rural Zululand, and worked among the Mchunu and Mthembu tribes, assisting those displaced by the apartheid government's policy of forced removals. When he was fourteen his father was killed by warring tribesmen.

"I say this is a fascinating book, perhaps even as landmark - the first report from the next South Africa." Rian Malan, author of "My Traitor's Heart", which contains a chapter about the Alcocks of Msinga
Barnard (N.) & Wiese (T.) PEACEFUL REVOLUTION, inside the war room at the negotiations
324pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R280
Niël Barnard, Director of the National Intelligence Service from 1980 to 1992, was involved in the negotiations at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA).

"...an excellent book that breaks new ground in our understanding of what happened" David Welsh, Professor Emeritus of the University of Cape Town
Brink (A.) 'N DROË WIT SEISOEN,
351pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (1979) 2017. R285
Reprint of André Brink's novel about the death during detention of a black anti-apartheid activist.

André Brink is the author of 27 novels. He has won the CNA Award three times and has twice been shorlisted for the Booker Prize. His novels have been translated into thirty languages. He died in 2015.
Brink (A.) 'N OOMBLIK IN DIE WIND,
312pp., paperback, Reprint, Cae Town, (1975) 2017. R285
Reprint of André Brink's historical novel about the relationship between a white woman and a runaway slave. Set in 1751 in the Cape Colony.

André Brink is the author of 27 novels. He has won the CNA Award three times and has twice been shorlisted for the Booker Prize. His novels have been translated into thirty languages.
Bruinders (S.) A HANDFUL OF EARTH, translated from the Afrikaans by Brenda Jackson
227pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R220
Originally published in Afrikaans in 2014 as "Die Sideboard".

A novel about Abraham, an illiterate carpenter who lives on a rented piece of land near George. He loves the soil and the fruit and vegetables he produces on it, and dreams of one day owning a piece of land, but this ambition is crushed repeatedly by the political system of the time.

"Narrates the debilitating influence of losing one's land, an impunity that continues as no redress is forthcoming from the new democratic elite. A very important South African story." Danny Titus, Commissioner at the South African Human Rights Commission

Actor Simon Bruinders has written several plays and pieces of industrial theatre. In 2009 was awarded an Afrikoon award by the ATKV for his work. This is his first novel.
Kraak (G.) SHADOW PLAY, posthumously completed by Alison Lowry
247pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R225
A novel about an ex-student activist living in exile in Amsterdam who receives an unexpected call from a former activist comrade and makes a decision that will put at risk everything he has built in his new life.

Until his death in 2014, Gerald Kraak was head of the South African office of Atlantic Philanthropies. His first novel, "Ice in the Lungs", was joint winner in 2005 of the European Union Literary Award. "Shadow Play", while technically a sequel to "Ice in the Lungs", is a stand-alone novel. Kraak was in the process of writing it when he died, leaving an unfinished draft in the care of his literary executor.
Latib (S.) & (M.) SPEAKING AS I WANT,
89pp., illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2017. R220
A collection of essays that grew out of conversations between Salim Latib and his daughter Mishka about closed intellectual environments, self-censorship and political correctness.

Self-published.

Salim Latib lectures in the School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand.
Mishka Latib is an Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Cape Town.
Little (B.) LITTLE POOF!, homonologues
52pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R165
A collection of queer-themed monologues by Bruce Little, who has performed these LGBTI-themed comedy-cabaret shows around South Africa.

"Bruce J Little pokes fun at all the stereotypes - the hairdresser queen, the straight oke explaining why he is straight, the fag hag, etc - but he also takes a look at the more serious issues of isolation and rejection faced by especially young gay people, without the play becoming too 'heavy'" Réney Warrington, Arts Alive
Madidi (A.) THE INFLUENCE OF ISLAM IN SOUTHERN AFRICA AND ITS IMPACT ON SOCIETY, a geographical perspective
58pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R75
Geographer Abdur Rahman Madidi's explanation of how Islam spread in southern Africa from 1600 to the present.
Msimang (S.) ed. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, the Gerald Kraak anthology, African perspectives on gender, social justice and sexuality
167pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R260
A collection of the short-listed entries to the inaugural award, named after anti-apartheid activist Gerald Kraak (1956-2014). The Gerald Kraak Award is a joint initiative between The Other Foundation and the Jacana Literary Foundation.

Includes fiction, poetry, journalism, academic writing and photography from across Africa. Contributions by Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Beyes de Vos, Tania Haberland, Julia Hango, Justin Dingwall and Dean Hutton from South Africa. The joint winners were Farah Ahamed (Kenya) for her short story "Poached Eggs" and Sarah Waiswa (Uganda) for her photo-essay "Stranger in a Familiar Land"

"This anthology walks the line between all that is dissident and everything that is normative. The stories in this collection zigzag between a desire for justice and a refusal to be merely tolerated. In these pages you will find storylines that are achingly familiar, which play with tropes and mine them for truth. You will find characters that come from the future, whose tenacity resists categorisation even as it reflects a resilience we have always demonstrated. This collection reflects a political moment across this continent, a moment that is defined by space and freedom even as these continue to be constrained. In other words, this is a queer collection." Sisonke Msimange, editor and head judge
Myburgh (P-L.) THE REPUBLIC OF GUPTA, a story of state capture
306pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R260
Journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh investigates the Gupta family's business ventures in South African cricket, newspapers, TV news, coal and uranium mining, and their links to prominent South African politicians, including Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. He also explores their exposure by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and their conflict with Finance Minister Pravin Gordham, fired by President Zuma in March 2017.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh's series of exposés on a multibillion-rand contract for new locomotives at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) won him a Taco Kuiper Award for investigative journalism. He currently works at News24.
Naidoo (J.) CHANGE, organising tomorrow, today
233pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R200
Jay Naidoo was General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions from 1985 to 1993, and served as a minister in Nelson Mandela's cabinet from 1994 to 1999. He has worked in various capacities for the United Nations and other international organisations. He serves on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and is a trustee of EarthRise Trust. In this book he draws on his experience to explore options for ending poverty and global warming, "with a focus on organising in our communities and building change from below and beyond borders." from the back cover
Ngqulunga (B.) THE MAN WHO FOUNDED THE ANC, a biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme
290pp.,illus., paperback, Penguin, Cape Town. R280
Pixley ka Isaka Seme (1881-1951) studied law at Columbia and Oxford and was the first black person to practice as an attorney in South Africa. He founded the South African Native Farmers Association in 1911 and the South African National Native Council, a precursor to the African National Congress (ANC) in 1912. He also established the Abantu-Batho newspaper. He was elected President General of the ANC in 1930. His presidency is often associated with the virtual collapse of the ANC at that time and he was replaced in 1937. By the time he died in 1951 he had become a discredited public figure with a record of scandal and controversy and had been struck off the role of attorneys.

"Pixley ka Isaka Seme, best known as founder of the ANC, has long needed a biography. This is it - well written, well researched, a fascinating account of the life of a flawed but hugely important figure." Dr Brian Willan, Rhodes University

Bongani Ngqulunga is a senior research associate at the University of Johannesburg. He also currently serves as chief of staff and spokesperson to President Jacob Zuma.
Ngwane (T.), Sinwell (L.) & Ness (I.) eds. URBAN REVOLT, state power and the rise of people's movements in the global south
211pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2017. R320
First published in the USA.

A collection of essays that analyse the conditions in which the poor and working class live and struggle in the contemporary urban context.

Contributions include:
"Thembelihle Burning, Hope Rising" by Luke Sinwell
"The 'Spirit of Marikana' and the Resurgence of the Working-Class Movement in South Africa" by Trevor Ngwane

"A superb addition to the literature on the contemporary global crisis and its micro manifestation...Each city has new insights and lessons for the next generation of urban rebels." Patrick Bond, author of "BRICS: an anticapitalist critique"

What emerges from this collection is a complex picture of resistance, which nevertheless provides nuanced hope for a universalist project of social transformation...The result is often a refreshing and accessible journey into urban revolts that the reader may have less familiarity with." Leo Zelig, author of "Struggles Today, social movements since independence"
Sonnekus (N.) SON,
278pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R240
A novel about a forty-something divorcee exploring his relationship with his aging father. Set in Johannesburg in the 1990s.

Also available in Afrikaans.

"Lively, restless, crackling with wit, 'Son' is a fearless rendering of our times that deserves to be widely read and celebrated." Graig Higginson, author of "The Dream House"

Though funny at times, the book is also achingly poignant and deeply moving. It captures what it means to be a white man in SA, confronting a rapid loss of power while struggling to come to terms with stark sociopolitical change." Prakash Naidoo, Financial Mail

Writer, filmmaker, playwright and critic Neil Sonnekus was born in Pretoria and currently lives in New Zealand. This is his first published novel.
Suttner (R.) INSIDE APARTHEID'S PRISON,
214pp., paperback, Revised Edition, Johnnesburg, (2002) 2017. R240
Updated, with a new preface and introduction by the author which include contemporary reflections on life outside the ANC.

"Raymond Suttner is one of a small number of white comrades who played a substantial role in bringing apartheid to an end. His book should be read by all who are interested in South Africa." Walter Sisulu

"Raymond Suttner's 'Inside Apartheid's Prison' is one of the most important documents of political struggle and imprisonment yet to emerge among the increasing number of apartheid memoirs. It sets itself apart from most other work within the genre by its candid vulnerability and Suttner's willingness to address the enormous human and personal costs of opposing the apartheid state." Professor Fran Buntman, author of "Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid"

Raymond Suttner was born in Durban in 1945. He joined the anti-apartheid movement as a student, was first arrested in 1975, and spent over 11 years in prison or under house arrest. In jail he was subjected to torture and solitary confinement. He was in the leadership of the African National Congress, the South African Communist Party and the United Democratic Front, but currently he is in disagreement with the directions taken by the ANC/SACP alliance and the ANC-led government under President Jacob Zuma. He is a part-time professor at Rhodes University and an emeritus professor at the University of South Africa.

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