New Arrivals 8th to 14th of August 2017

Case (M.) SOFTNESS OF THE LIME,
268pp., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2017. R250
A historical novel set in 1782 at at the Cape of Good Hope, about a wealthy Dutch slave owner who falls in love with a young slave from Madagascar he has inherited from his father. Spanning more than eighty years, the novel concludes in 1854, twenty years after the abolition of slavery in the Cape Colony.

Maxine Case's first novel, "All We Have Left Unsaid" was awarded the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Africa) and was joint-winner of the Herman Charles Bosman Prize. Her most recent book, "Papwa: golf's lost legend" was shortlisted for the 2016 Alan Paton Award. She is a fellow of the Ford Foundation's International Fellowship Program, and lives in Cape Town.
Cilliers (J.) FATE OF THE NATION, 3 scenarios for South Africa's future
288pp, paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R240
Jakkie Cilliers is a political commentator and Africa analyst. He founded the Institute for Security Studies.
Laband (J.) THE ASSASSINATION OF KING SHAKA,
226pp., illus., psperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R275
John Laband tackles the questions surrounding the assassination in 1828 of King Shaka, founder of the Zulu kingdom, by examining Zulu oral history and praise-poems, the written accounts of the Port Natal hunter-traders and the despatches of Cape officials.

John Laband's other books include "Rope of Sand: the rise and fall of the Zulu Kingdom in the nineteenth century" and "Zulu Warriors: the battle for the South African frontier".
Mfenyana (S.) WALKING WITH GIANTS,
337pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R220
Foreword by Ahmed Kathrada.

Sindiso Mfenyana Sindiso was born 1940 in the Eastern Cape. He was recruited into the ANC underground while at Fort Hare University, went into exile in Botswana, and received further education in the Soviet Union. After graduating in 1967 from the Kiev Economics Institute he was deployed to Budapest to represent the ANC Youth Section at the World Federation of Democratic Youth. He played a leadership role in the ANC in exile for decades and was secretary to ANC President, Oliver Tambo. He returned to South Africa in the early 1990s and became the first black person to occupy the position of Secretary to Parliament. On his retirement from Parliament in 2004 he took up an ambassadorial position in Tanzania. He retired from the diplomatic corps in 2011.

"A true non-racialist with a broad view of the world, he reflects a generation of South Africans who were educated in the East European socialist countries. He was widely read and knowledgeable about global affairs; he understood the politics of most African countries and hoped to contribute to the building of a new South Africa." Professor Janet Cherry, Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Mngadi (M.) IN THE NAME OF LAND,
144pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R210
A novel set in Zimbabwe in 2001 about a white farmer leading the resistance against the forcible seizure of farmland by ZANU-PF war veterans.

Self-published.
Mqhayi (S.) IZIGANEKO ZESIZWE, occasional poems (1900-1943), edited and translated by Jeff Opland and Peter T. Mtuze
478pp., paperback, Publications of the Opland Collection of Xhosa Literature, Volume 4, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R415
Foreword by Barney Pityana.

Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi (1875-1945) was the most prominent South African "imbongi", or Xhosa oral poet, of his day. The 60 poems assembled in this book chroncile the poet's responses to significant events such as the Boer War, the World Wars, visits from British kings, and meetings with Ministers of State.

The poems are in both English and Xhosa.

Jeff Opland is currently Visiting Professor in the School of Languages: African Language Studies at Rhodes University. He is also the author of "Xhosa Oral Poetry" (1983) and "Xhosa Poets and Poetry" (1998), and has also edited and translated Xhosa works by William Wellington Gqoba, D.L.P Yali-Manisi, John Solilo and S.E.K.Mqhayi.
Peter Mtuze has written many novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, autobiographies and language books in Xhosa. He translated Nelson Mandela's autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom", into Xhosa.
Seshai (P.) MY TRIUMPHS, TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AS A MAGISTRATE IN THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA,
172pp., illus., map, paperback, Tzaneen, 2015. R285
An autobiography by retired advocate Ponele Seshai. He records the history of the Batubatse Ba-Shai community who migrated from Ghana more than 500 years ago and eventually settled in the area of present day Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo Province. He was born in 1948 at Boschplaas, near Hammaskraal, and grew up in the small rural village of Motsinoni. He began his career as a clerk in the Department of Justice, became the first black magistrate in Tzaneen and at the time of his retirement was Regional Magistrate, Siyabuswa regional division, in Mpumalanga Province.
Skinner (D.) LIMINAL, poems
77pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R180
Douglas Reid Skinner has published 6 previous collections of poetry. He directed The Carrefour Press from 1988 to 1992 and was editor of New Contrast from 1990 to 1992. He is currently co-editor of Stanzas.
Slabolepsky (P.) SUDDENLY THE STORM,
96pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R175
Foreword by Bobby Heaney.

A play about a white working-class couple and a long-buried secret that is finally exposed.

Paul Slabolepsky has written more than 31 plays as well as radio, television and film scripts. His plays include "Saturday Night at the Palace", "Mooi Street Moves", "Pale Natives", Heel Against the Head" and "Making Like America".
Sole (K.) WALKING, FALLING,
107pp., paperback, Grahamstown, 2017. R160
Kelwyn Sole was born in Johannesburg in 1951. He taught at the University of Cape Town, retiring in 2016 as Professor and De Beers Chair of English Literature. This is his seventh volume of poetry.
Swatuk (L.) WATER IN SOUTHERN AFRICA,
130pp., map, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R195
Larry Swatuk outlines the challenges for sustainable water management in the southern African region and argues that we need to see water and the region differently if we are to better prepare for the future.

Larry Swatuk is Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo, Canada, Extraordinary Professor at the Institute of Water Studies, University of the Western Cape, and Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, he was Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the Okavango Research Institute, Maun, Botswana.
Szczurek (K.) THE FIFTH MRS BRINK, a memoir
232pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R260
Writer and literary critic Karina Szczurek writes about her life before, during and after her marriage to Afrikaans writer and academic André P. Brink, who died in 2015.

Karina Szczurek is a writer and a literary critic. Born in Poland, she studied in Austria and Wales, and moved to South Africa in 2005. She is the author of "Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer writing post-apartheid South Africa" and the novel "Invisible Others" and editor of "Touch: stories of contact by South African writers".

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