New Arrivals 21st to 27th of February 2019

Abrahams (C.) CLASS ACTION, in pursuit of a larger life
213pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
A memoir by Charles Abrahams, a South African human-rights and class-action lawyer who has sued multinationals in New York for supporting apartheid, taken on food companies for fixing the price of bread, and secured a R5-billion settlement from South Africa's goldmining industry for miners suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis.

"Class Action is a vivid, honest and compelling account of a difficult life lived on the Cape Flats during the apartheid years. What the author does better than most is to offer an interwoven account of the personal and the social in ways that helps us understand both better - how apartheid not only crushed black lives but at the same time emboldened the resistance against this crime against humanity. From the ashes of a broken life, Charles Abrahams rises to lead on a world stage the first class-action lawsuit on behalf of victims of apartheid. Nobody has told the story of our violent past with such a clear sense of the present and such a hopeful vision of the future." Professor Jonathan Jansen, Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University

"A beautifully told, heartfelt story about hunger, sex, identity and legal idealism and creativity. When it ended I wanted more." Albie Sachs, former Justice of the Constitutional Court
Carlin (J.) text & Malet (O.) illus. MANDELA AND THE GENERAL,
105pp., colour illus., paperback, New York, 2018. R435
A comic about the secret meeting that took place between Nelson Mandela and former SADF military commander General Constand Viljoen, then leader of the Freedom Front (FF), on the eve of the 1994 election.

"Carlin simply and powerfully reminds us how close South Africa came to a bloodbath and how Mandela's personal effort, persuasion, strategy, and clarity of purpose averted the ultimate tragedy to which apartheid seemed to be headed. History is not made by men or women on pedestals, but those who will bend and seek solutions rather than just stay on the high horse. This reminder is a lesson for our time as well." Tony Marx, President, New York Public Library

John Carlin covered the events described in this book as South Africa correspondent for the Independent in London. He is the author of Knowing Mandela and Playing the Enemy.
Oriol Malet is a Catalan artist.
Fox (J.) THE UNOFFICIAL ODYSSEY, a novel, with illustrations by Ronel Wheeler
122pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R260
A novel set on the island of Ithaca, around 1100 BC, during the Trojan War.

Jane Fox has published two collections of poetry, two novels, three biographies and six plays. She lives in Johannesburg.
Kavanagh (R.) MANGOTHOBANE, a Soweto nobody
, Johannesburg &Harare, 2016. R325
A novel about a lifelong friendship between two South African men, one white, one black.

South African author and academic Robert Kavanagh has lived in Zimbabwe since 1984. His previous publications include Zimbabwe, challenging the stereotypes, Theatre and Cultural Struggle in South Africa and Making People's Theatre.
Pagé (L.) SEX, POT AND POLITICS,
124pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, No Place, 2018. R250
First published in French in Canada in 2016. Translated into English by Shanti Naidoo-Pagé, the author's daughter.

A satirical novel about a woman who's husband is elected Minister of Finance.

Self-published.

Lucie Pagé is a French-Canadian journalist and writer who moves between Canada and South Africa.
Pringle (I.) MURDER IN THE ZAMBEZI, the story of the Air Rhodesia Viscounts shot down by Russian-made missiles
219pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, No Place, 2018. R295
First published in the USA in 2017.

Air Rhodesia Flight 825, a scheduled passenger flight, was shot down by the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) on 3 September 1978, during the Rhodesian Bush War. Of the 52 passengers and four crew, 38 died in the crash. ZIPRA guerrillas then rounded up 10 survivors and shot them. Three passengers survived by hiding in the bush, while a further five lived because they had gone to look for water.

Self-published.
Steed (J.) COWBOYS DON'T FLY,
274pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R260
A memoir by John Steed, who learnt to fly on Jet Provosts in the Royal Air Force, was a pilot in the Police Reserve Air Wing during the Rhodesian Bush War, and later flew aid missions in Mozambique, Sudan and Somalia with the charter airline, Sky Relief.

Self-published
Valiani (S.) ed. THE FUTURE OF MINING IN SOUTH AFRICA, sunset or sunrise?
401pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R320
Contributions include:
"Towards Mining Vision 2030" by Joel Netshitenzhe
"Transformation in South Africa's Mining Industry" by Duma Gqubule
"Greening South African Mining through the Fourth Industrial Revolution" by Ross Harvey
A Feminist Perspective on Women and Mining in South Africa" by Salimah Valiani and Nester Ndebele
"Trade Union Organising in the Mining Sector: a structural perspective on worker insurgency and shifting union strategies" by Khwezi Mabasa and Crispen Chinguno
"The Mining-Energy Nexus, Climate Change and Prospects of Just Transition: pathways for a Wellbeing Economy Approach" by Lorenzo Fioramonti.
van den Berg (Z.) EK WENS, EK WENS,
169pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R220
A novel about a mortician who's life changes when he meets a dying boy and his mother at the funeral parlour.

Zirk van den Berg was born in Namibia, raised in South Africa, and now lives in New Zealand. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Ekstra Dun vir Meer Gevoel, and two novels, Wydsbeen, and Nobody Dies, translated into Afrikaans as 'n Ander Mens.
van Niekerk (M.) THE SNOW SLEEPER, translated by Marius Swart
191pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R270
First published in Dutch in 2009 as Die Sneeuwslaper. First published in Afrikaans in 2010 as Die Sneeuslaper.

Four interconnected tales about friendship, set in Amsterdam and Cape Town.

Marlene van Niekerk's debut poetry volume, Sprokkelste (1977), was awarded both the Eugène Marais Prize and the Ingrid Jonker Prize. Her first novel, Triomf (1995), was awarded the Noma Prize for the best publication from Africa. Her next novel, Agaat (2004), won six awards, including the Hertzog Prize for prose. The English translation won the Sunday Times Literary Award. Currently she is Professor of Afrikaans and Dutch literature and creative writing at the University of Stellenbosch.

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