New Arrivals 14th to 20th of March 2019

Adams (F.) ed. BOUND FOR PRETORIA, the travel writings of Henry Adams, 1878-1879
309pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, East London, (2016) 2019. R350
Theological student Henry Adams left England in 1878 to accompany the Church of England's first Bishop of Pretoria. He was commissioned by an English newspaper to write about their journey, which involved a voyage on a steamship to Durban and a four-month ox-wagon trek through Natal and over the Drakensberg. This book is a collection of his articles.

Ajam (K.) et al THE A-Z OF SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICS, people, parties and players
275pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R225
Foreword by Thuli Madonsela.

"This A-Z is a superlative, incisive update of books navigating the forever changing South African political landscape. It is essential reading, a reference work for all who need swift and accurate insights into South Africa's roller-coaster politics. It is entertaining. It captures the present, offers glimpses of the future, and remains historically anchored. It is an authoritative roadmap to South African politics, 25 years into democracy." Professor Susan Booysen, Director of Research at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) and Visiting Professor at the Wits School of Governance

"This book is one of the most valuable and timely contributions in understanding our complex expansive political landscape of a noisy, argumentative and robust young democracy. This is an easy, accessible and detailed guide to our various role players." Dr Somadoda Fikeni, political analyst
Brown (D.) WILDER LIVES, humans and our environments
216pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2019. R285
"Duncan Brown uses ideas of 'wildness' and 'rewilding' to rethink human relationships with our environment" from the back cover

"Duncan Brown - seriously, irreverently - explores our 'wildnesses' in interactions of nature's biology and human responsiveness. Not a politically correct tract, Wilder Lives asks, more challengingly, how - without denying our wildness - do we live creatively, responsibly, lightly, on the Earth, our only home? A timely book for our times." Professor Michael Chapman, author of Green in Black and White Times

"This is a book in its right time. Duncan Brown is creating a new language for what it means to be an environmentally integrated human being. The greatest of human discoveries in the future will be that at some level we are, and always have been, 'wild'." Don Pinnock, author of Wild as It Gets

Duncan Brown is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of English at the University of the Western Cape.
Heffernan (A.) LIMPOPO'S LEGACY, student politics and democracy in South Africa
254pp., map, paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R350
First published in the UK in 2019.

Anne Heffernan considers the history of student organisations in the Northern Transvaal (today Limpopo Province) and the ways in which students there have influenced political change on a national scale.

"This is an elegant and incisive study of youth and student politics, which deepens understanding of the phenomenon as a whole and is highly original in its emphasis upon the importance of regional and local experiences within the national narrative." Colin Bundy, University of Oxford

Anne Hefferman is Assistant Professor in the History of Southern Africa at Durham University, UK, and Research Associate of the History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand. She is co-editor of Students Must Rise: youth struggle in South Africa before and beyond Soweto '76.
205pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R240
A novel set in New York about a Zulu dancer and a Dinka princess who were sent to England and later the United States in the 1880s by William Leonard Hunt, also known as The Great Farini, to perform as ‘human curiosities’ in his circus.

Novelist, playwright, poet and academic Zakes Mda is the author of the novels Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness. His novel Little Suns won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. He is a recipient of South Africa's Order of Ikhamanga. He is based in Athens, Ohio.
Pinnock (D.) & Bell (C.) comps. THE LAST ELEPHANTS,
487pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R490
A collection of essays by game rangers, guides, scientists, activists, academics and poets from across Africa, that call for action to save the continent's remaining wild elephants before it's too late.

Foreword by HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

Includes contributions by Dan Wylie, Ian McCallum, Patricia Schonstein, Don Pinnock, Colin Bell, Sharon Pincott, and many others.
Rasch (C.) BETWEEN ROCK & A HARD PLACE, (a memoir)
367pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R240
Musician, club owner and festival organiser Carsten Rasch’s memoir of South Africa’s counter-culture punk and new wave scene in the 1970s and 1980s.

"A great book about zol, jol and beautiful losers struggling to make a buck and topple apartheid in the days when that shit really mattered," Rian Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart

"This is history like you've never read it. Read it. You'll laugh out loud." Mike Nicol, author of A Good-Looking Corpse

"Turn this book up loud!" Gus Silber, journalist

Carsten Rasch is presently a music curator and the drummer for the Cape-based band, Hearts of Darkness. He is a director of STARTfest (Stanford Arts Festival) and the founder of the music startup Gigll.
Satgar (V.) ed. RACISM AFTER APARTHEID, challenges for Marxism and anti-racism
254pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R380
"This collection challenges many of the dogmas that have defined issues of anti-racism and social justice in the past. In this spirit of rethinking, the contributors point us in the necessary direction of deepening and evolving non-racialism in contemporary South Africa." Neeshan Balton, Executive Director, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

"Over the years Marxism has sustained scathing criticism for its alleged class reductionism and blindness to race. Without pronouncing finality on these issues, this volume examines the unfinished business of Marxism and its treatment of race and racism." Phindile Kunene, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education

Contributions include:
"Emancipation, Freedom or Taxonomy? What does it mean to be African?" by Firoze Manj
"The Reproduction of Racial Inequality in South Africa: the colonial unconscious and democracy" by Peter Hudson
"Democratic Marxism and the National Question: race and class in post-apartheid South Africa" by Khwezi Mabasa
"Seven Theses on Radical Non-Racialism, the Climate Crisis and Deep Just Transitions: from the national question to the eco-cide question" by Vishwas Satgar
"Foreign Nationals are the 'Non-Whites' of the Democratic Dispensation" by Sharon Ekambaram.

Vishwas Satgar is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The Write Girls IN DIRE STRAITS,
320pp., paperback, No Place, 2018. R220
A novel written by six women, set in a gated housing estate during the 2018 Cape Town water crisis.

"At last, something good to come out of the Cape Town water crisis, a novel with many sources but which all flow together. Written with spirit, gusto and nerve. In Dire Straits is a fun read that will enchant, engage and - occasionally - shock all lovers of the Mother City." Tim Butcher, author of Chasing the Devil

"Is truth stranger than fiction? It would certainly appear so if the dramatic story told by six writers at the end of the novel us anything to go by!" Máire Fisher, author of Birdseye

Wicomb (Z.) RACE, NATION, TRANSLATION, South African essays, 1990-2013, edited by Andrew van der Vlies
352pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R380
First published in the USA in 2018.

Features essays on the work of Bessie Head, Nadime Gordimer, Njabulo Ndebele and J.M. Coetzee, as well as on a range of cultural and political topics, including gender politics, sexuality, race, identity, nationalism, the visual arts and Nelson Mandela.

Includes an interview with Zoë Wicomb and an introduction, "Zoë Wicomb's South African essays: intertextual ethics, translative possibilities, and the claims of discursive variety" by Andrew van der Vlies.

" Zoë Wicomb's novels, short-story collections, and essays have done more than those of any other South African writer and critic to illuminate the discursive complexities of South African race, class, and gender politics and to explore the literary possibilities of their subversion. This excellent edition of her essays, produced by a foremost scholar of South African writing, includes an enlightening introduction and notes, as well as an interview with Wicomb." Dorothy Driver, University of Adelaide and University of Cape Town

"This is a long-overdue collection of essays by one of South Africa's finest writers and critics. Zoë Wicomb has a trenchant, singular voice: her style is brilliant, her intellect fierce, her ideas always bracing. Wicomb views the politics and literature of her home country from unexpected angles that invariably compel the reader, too, to consider them anew." Mark Gevisser, author of Lost and Found in Johannesburg

Zoë Wicomb is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Strathclyde and was an inaugural recipient of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize. She is the author of the novels October, Playing in the Light and David's Story and the short-story collections You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town and The One That Got Away.
Andrew van der Vlies is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Postcolonial Studies at Queen Mary University of London and Extraordinary Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape.

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