New Arrivals 5th to 11th of September 2019

Blomerus (M.) PORSELEINSKERWE,
228pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R180
A collection of essays in which Marié Blomerus writes about her youth, Namibia's landscape and history, and her travels to Europe.

Marié Blomerus was born in 1931 in Keetmanshoop in what was then South West Africa (now Namibia). Her books include Seisoene van Terreur and Ithaka.
Coccia (G.) A TANGO WITH DEATH, Tolletjie Botha and the DCC
322pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R325
For almost two decades Brigadier Tolletjie Botha headed the Directorate of Covert Collection (DCC), a top secret section of South African Military Intelligence raided by Mr Justice R Goldstone in late 1992. Immediately after the raid President F. W. de Klerk announced that 23 officers had been suspended from duties and could face charges in relation to criminal activities. However, the results of inquiries by General Pierre Steyn and Judge Goldstone into DCC were never made public nor handed to the attorney-general’s office, and nobody from the organisation was ever charged. In 1998 Giancarlo Coccia met with Botha when he was terminally ill with cancer and recorded the history and activities of DCC as related by Botha on his deathbed.


Italian foreign correspondent Giancarlo Coccia covered the wars in Angola and Mozambique and was sent to South Africa in 1973, where he still lives. He is the author of The Scorpion Sting and Operation Greengrocer.

Self-published.
Coetzer (T.) THE BUCKFEVER UNDERGROUND'S LAST DAYS OF BEAUTIFUL,
115pp., illus., paperback, 2 CDs, Cape Town, 2018. R95
A book of lyrics accompanies a double album of the same name. The album was recorded live in 2018 at various venues in and around Cape Town. All words by Toast Coetzer. All music by The Buckfever Underground, a South African spoken word band formed by Toast Coetzer and Gilad Hockman in 1998.

CD set available for R290.

Lyics in English and Afrikaans.
Davids (N.) WHAT REMAINS, a play in one act, with notes on the choreography by Jay Pather
47pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R165
A fusion of text, dance and movement that tells a story about the unexpected uncovering of a slave burial ground in Cape Town. Loosely based on the events at Prestwich Place in Sea Point where in 2003 construction activities uncovered human bones. What Remains won five Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards in 2018, including Best New South African Play (Nadia Davids) and Best Director (Jay Pather).

"What Remains is destined to become a South African classic. Nadia Davids’s transformative play digs up bones and reaches for the sacred. It dramatises the timeless dance between memory and ‘progress’ in a way that is also a fierce critique of the present moment. Like the best drama, it is universal because Davids roots it so precisely in the experience of her time – post-apartheid South Africa – and place: her beloved Cape Town. – Mark Gevisser, author of Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A memoir

"What Remains excavates a tragic history, mining beauty, no less than poetry, from a slave burial ground. This heart-breaking dance on the page, cries out to be performed. With Pather’s choreographic notes, it promises to be a triumph." Zoë Wicomb, Emeritus Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Nadia Davids is the author of the award-winning plays At Her Feet and Cissie and the novel An Imperfect Blessing. She is Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town.
Jay Pather is Director of the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town and Associate Professor in UCT's Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies.
Kotze (H.) SCRIM,
52pp., paperback, Grahamstown, 2019. R120
A new collection of poems by Haidee Kotze (formerly Haidee Kruger), author of Lush: poems for four voices and The Reckless Sleeper. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University in Australia and Extraordinary Professor at North-West University in South Africa.
Mawere (M.), Marongwe (N.) & Duri (F.) THE END OF AN ERA?, Robert Mugabe and a conflicting legacy
554pp., paperback, Mankon, 2018. R930
A oollection of essays on the personality, leadership style and contributions of Robert Mugabe. Mugabe served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987, and as President from 1987 to 2017. He died on 6th September 2019.

Contributors include Fidelis Peter Thomas Duri, Ngonidzashe Marongwe, Oliver Mtapuri, Martin Musengi, James Hlongwana, Elias Konyana, Tasara Muguti, Nancy Mazuru and Munyaradzi Mawere.

Munyaradzi Mawere is Professor in the Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University.
Ngonidzashe Marongwe is a lecturer in the History and Development Studies Department, Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University.
Fidelis Peter Thomas Duri is a senior lecturer of history in the Department of Archaeology, Culture and Heritage, History and Development Studies, Great Zimbabwe University.
Mouton (C.) TRONKHOND,
197pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R180
China Mouton writes about his 35 years of experience as a dog handler in maximum security prisons in South Africa. His first post, when he was sixteen-years-old, was on Robben Island, where he met Nelson Mandela.

"China het 'n boeiende storie om te vertel, en hy doen dit eerlik, reguit en heerlik leesbaar." Deon Meyer, author of The Last Kill, Fever and Icarus
Neruda (P.) VANDAG IS BOORDENSVOL, Pablo Neruda in Afrikaans, vertaal deur De Waal Venter
182pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2019. R235
A selection of Pablo Neruda's poems translated from the Spanish by De Waal Venter.

Introduction by Charl Pierre Naudé.
Powers (J. L.) THIS THING CALLED THE FUTURE, a novel
213pp., paperback, Pleasanton, 2019. R260
A young adult novel set in Imbali township outside Pietermaritzburg, about a teenager who is confused about whether witchcraft or AIDS are the cause of her mother's illness.

Winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Award and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People.

"Basing her story on detailed research, Powers gets into the shoes of her imagined protagonist and sensitively explores her perceptions. This is a wonderful book with which to think about contemporary South Africa - about the trials of everyday life, about dreams, witchcraft, physical danger, adolescent love, and not least about ambition." William Beinart, author of Twentieth Century South Africa

American writer J. L. Powers lives in California.
Styan (J-B.) & Vecchiatto (P.) THE BOSASA BILLIONS, how the ANC sold its soul for braaipacks, booze and bags of cash
260pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R315
An account of how Gavin Watson, former CEO of Bosasa, paid bribes to senior former government ministers and ex-officials from the correctional services department in exchange for lucrative government contracts. Watson, under investigation for bribery, died on 26th August 2019, a day before he was to testify before a tax evasion and money laundering inquiry.

"A timely, thorough account of the Bosasa saga. The chronicle of the transition from freedom fighters to unscrupulous state captors is astonishing." Pieter-Louis Myburgh, author of Gangster State

James-Brent Styan, a former financial and parliamentary journalist, is the author of Steinhoof: inside SA's biggest corporate crash.
Paul Vecchiatto is a parliamentary correspondent.
Venter (D.) OOP SIRKEL,
121pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2017. R190
A new collection of poems by De Waal Venter.

De Waal Venter was born in 1942 in Pretoria. He has published volumes of poetry, novels, children’s stories, short stories, stage plays, radio plays and TV series.
wa Noni (T. M.) SAINTHOOD,
76pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R245
A play about teenage boys struggling with issues around identity, sexuality, race and academics at a private all-boys school in South Africa.

"I rate Sainthood one of my top picks of 2018 - a powerful and acutely observed piece of new writing, coupled with superlative staging, infused with physically charged performances." Robyn Cohen, theatre critic, Weekend Argus

Sainthood is playwright and director Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni's debut play. It was awarded a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2018 National Arts Festival.
Wylie (D.) INTIMATE LIGHTNING, Sydney Clouts, poet
285pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Pretoria, (2018) 2019. R350
A study of the life and work of South African poet Sydney Clouts (1926-1982). His single published volume One Life (1966), won the Ingrid Jonker Prize and the Olive Schreiner Prize for poetry. Clouts was born in Cape Town in 1926. He emigrated to the UK in 1961 where he worked as a librarian. He died in 1982, at the age of 56.

"The purest poetic talent to have worked in English in South Africa since Roy Campbell." J. M. Coetzee

Poet, author and academic Dan Wylie is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Literary Studies at Rhodes University. His latest books include Raven Games, new and selected poems and Death and Compassion, the elephant in South African literature. He is the editor of Seahorn Messiah, Sydney Clouts, the poems.
Wylie (D.) ed. SEAHORN MESSIAH, Sydney Clouts, the poems
283pp., paperback, (Grahamstown), 2019. R350
This volume updates the 1984 Collected Poems edited by Marge and Cyril Clouts. It includes all the poems Sydney Clouts approved for publication, as well as some of his earliest publications, fragments and versions posthumously published, and some previously unseen near-complete poems from the manuscript collection at Amazwi (formerly NELM). This book is a companion volume to Wylie's study Intimate Lightning: Sydney Clouts, poet

"The purest poetic talent to have worked in English in South Africa since Roy Campbell." J. M. Coetzee

Poet, author and academic Dan Wylie is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Literary Studies at Rhodes University. His latest books include Raven Games, new and selected poems and Death and Compassion, the elephant in South African literature.

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