New Arrivals 11th to 17th of April 2019

Arackathara (B.) LIGHT THROUGH THE BARS, with Helen Moffett and David Le Page
215pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R220
Father Babychan Arackathara, who worked as a Catholic chaplain in southern African prisons for 20 years, reflects on his work in restorative justice and reintegration interventions and shares the stories of offenders.

"Father Babychan's memoir is a powerful reminder that we fail so many people. Those raised in poverty still live out the 'injustices of the past', and are denied access to 'social justice and fundamental human rights'. These accounts are the nagging warnings of our collective failure to lift those who stumble - those who don't fit into the mould that we have created to describe well-adjusted people. Light Through the Bars is a reminder of how much more we can - and should - do to create a caring, just society" Trevor Manuel, from his foreword
Carstens (W.) & Raidt (E.) DIE STORIE VAN AFRIKAANS, uit Europa en van Afrika, deel 2, die Afrikageskiedenis van Afrikaans
1175pp., maps, paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R750
Part 2 of a history of the Afrikaans language, which focuses on how Afrikaans evolved on the African continent, influenced by indigenous and Asian languages.

Part one is also available.

Wannie Carstens is Professor of Afrikaans and Director of the School of Languages at North-West University's Potchefstroom campus.
Before her retirement Edith Raidt was Professor of Afrikaans at the University of the Witwatersrand.
100pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2018. R180
Patrick Chiguri reflects on the anger South Africans are expressing as the promises of a better life for all made in 1994 are not realised. He is the author of Letter to my African Girl Child.

Coetzee (C.) WRITTEN UNDER THE SKIN, blood and intergenerational memory in South Africa
176pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R350
FIrst published in the UK in 2019.

Carli Coetzee argues that "the younger generation of South Africans is developing important and innovative ways of understanding South African pasts, and that challenge the narratives that have over the last decades been informed by notions of forgiveness and reconciliation." from the back cover

"Carli Coetzee has made a name for herself by showing – not telling – her readers what reconciliation after apartheid should mean. It should mean nudging South Africans away from the dangerous assumptions that negotiating the past means leaving unchallenged old patterns of privilege, that the work of translation should always benefit English and its primary speakers, and, in her latest book, that skin-deep is sufficient depth for reckoning with the past. Written under the Skin is about blood and South Africa’s bloody past. It is also about the transfusion of memory across generations. The book challenges the discourse of newness that has marked South Africa since the formal end of apartheid in 1994, by showing the violence done and masked by such a discourse. Written under the Skin calls for new ways of reading South African history. It proposes protocols of care – cautious, ethical, vigilant – to guide these new ways of reading. There is in this book a moral urgency and an ethical injunction that demand our attention. We dare not ignore this book." Jacob Dlamini, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University

Carli Coetzee is Editor of the Journal of African Cultural Studies. Her publications include Accented Futures: language activism and the ending of apartheid and the edited collection Afropolitanism: reboot. She co-edited Negotiating the Past: the making of memory in South Africa with Sarah Nuttall.
Daniels (C.) ONWEER, (Gathering Storm), in collaboration with Abigail Mei, winner of the Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival, 2018
63pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R200
A play about sexual abuse.

"Uncomfortable subjects often prove a rich vein to tap for drama, and Carlo Daniel's Onweer is a case in point. This riveting two-hander probes the theme of incestuous sexual abuse and its brutality, but despite the harrowing intimacy central to the work, there is nothing offensive in its presentation: no nudity, and the violence is suggested rather than enacted with physical realism. Everything is stylised, leaving the audience's imagination to supply what is requisite for reflection on this topic. Although scripted in Afrikaans, Onweer is readily accessible to everyone, because physical language speaks a universal idiom, while the simplicity of the plot obviates dependence on dialogue to understand the essence." Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus

Carlo Daniels is a Cape Town-based physical theatre-trained actor, singer and theatre maker. He was born and raised in Mitchell's Plein and trained at the Magnet Theatre.
Freund (B.) TWENTIETH-CENTURY SOUTH AFRICA, a developmental history
259pp., paperback, Cambridge, 2019. R300
"At a time when debate about the role of the state in the post-apartheid economy is so sharply polarised, Freund's innovative reinterpretation of twentieth-century South Africa as a 'developmental state' is especially welcome. Without losing sight of the brutal oppression that characterised the past, it asks us to look anew at the changing relationship between the state and capital through exemplary historical scholarship that is as lucid as it is relevant." Gavin Capps, University of the Witwatersrand

"Painstakingly researched and authored by a leading scholar of African economic history, this volume is of profound significance not only for understanding the economic history of South Africa, but also for the light it sheds on the contemporary unravelling in which the post-apartheid state finds itself." Ben Fine, SOAS, University of London

Bill Freund is Professor Emeritus of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Visiting Professor the University of the Witwatersrand.
244pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R275
RW Johnson's new book follows on his last book How Long Will South Africa Survive? The crisis continues (2017). He analyses how Cyril Ramaphosa came to power, how Jacob Zuma has fought back and offers suggestions for a way out of the economic crisis South Africa faces.

R.W.Johnson is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. His other books include How Long Will South Africa Survive? (1977) and South Africa's Brave New World, the beloved country since the end of apartheid (2009). He lives in Cape Town.
219pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R270
An Afrikaans novel about a researcher who visits a relative in Pollsmoor Prison and gets drawn into the lives of the prisoners and visitors he meets there.

Theo Kemp is the author of Skool. He works as an arts festival organiser and is a director of the Jakes Gerwel Foundation. He lives in Stellenbosch.
Oppong-Amoako (W.) HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE AFRICAN MARKET, a guide for the 2020s for businesspeople and investors
256pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R280
Business adviser, executive coach and author Winfred Oppong-Amoakao presents a picture of African's investment environment, outlining the risks, challenges, misconceptions and opportunities, and offers a step-by-step guide for approaching the African market.

Winfred Oppong-Amoakao is a guest lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand Business School and the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Institute of Business Advisors Southern Africa, Coaches and Mentors of South Africa and Internastional Coaches Register.
62pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R180
A play that draws loosely on the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone to explore the inevitability of a young girl's journey into the unknown and the bonds that connect mothers and daughters to each other.

"In Reznek's vision, time turns daughter into mother and goddess into crone, each a new country, distant to each other then near again. The characters dream each other before they exist, imprison each other in their longing, escape each other and ache again to be close...a master work of drama." Gabeba Baderoon

Actress, director and teacher Jennie Reznek is a founder member of Magnet Theatre in Cape Town, where she runs most of the youth development and performance programme together with co-artistic directors Mark Fleishman and Mandla Mbothwe. She is the creator of the physical theatre pieces The show's not over til the fat lady sings and Every year every day I am walking.
167pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R190
Supports principals, school governing bodies, government officials and NGOs in understanding the South African legal and policy framework for basic education, with definitions for more than 750 key terms from the South African Schools Act, Employment of Educators Act, and other relevant laws and regulations.
Scott (J.) AND WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE TODAY, SIR?, a selection of PS columns from Die Burger, 2015-2018, illustrated by Tony Grogan
150pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R250
A selection from journalist John Scott's satirical newspaper column. He is a former editor of the Cape Times.

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