New Arrivals 28th to 6th of March 2019

Bank (L.) CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS, myth-making, nationalism and the university in an African motor city
326pp., illus., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R295
A case study of the Eastern Cape motor city of East London, a site of significant industrial job losses over the past two decades.

"This truly remarkable book provides an outstanding and highly innovative call for how re-thinking the idea of the university can lead to a regeneration of East London, South Africa's 'rust-belt' city. With the settler-nationalist dream of a 'motor city' fading, the book reflects on the contradictory nature of post-apartheid urbanism, and how this relates to changing cultural configurations and the recent rise of an African middle class. Written by one of South Africa's most engaged anthropologists, this book will attract widespread attention globally as well as locally." Roger Southall, Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand

"This highly readable, richly ethnographic and interdisciplinary book significantly expands our understanding of East London's cultural history, its contemporary challenges and future possibilities. if you are looking for a fiercely researched South African urban study that engages closely with dynamics on the global Rust Belt, then this is the book for you." Peter Alegi, Professor of History, Michigan State University

Leslie Bank is Deputy Executive Director of the Human Sciences Research Council.
Ego (R.) VISIONARY ANIMAL, rock art from southern Africa, translated by Deke Dusinberre
326pp., b/w & colour illus., map, hardback, First English Language Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R580
First published in France in 2015 as L'Animal Voyeur, art rupestre d'Afrique australe.

"This is a magnificant book, at once a poetic and a scholarly reclamation of the authority and integrity of the art in San painting. Renaud Ego has done what no one writing about these images has managed to do before, and that is to explode the boundaries that have contained and constrained rock art research. In his extraordinary prose, and beautiful photographs, he reanimates the paintings for us, reminding us that the pervasive forms of academic iconographical analysis have 'decomposed' them of their vibrant wholeness. It is a deeply moving publication." Pippa Skotnes, Professor of Fine Art: Centre for Curating the Archive, University of Cape Town and author of Unconquerable Spirit: George Stow's history paintings of the San

French poet, novelist and essayist Renaud Ego is a specialist in southern African rock art. He is the author of Le Geste du Regard and the collection of essays, Une légende des yeux.
Khaketla (B.M.) SHE'S TO BLAME, translated from Sesotho by JM Lenake
296pp., map, paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R250
"This book forms part of a series of eight texts and a larger translation endeavour undertaken by the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research (CMDR) at the University of the Western Cape."
Originally published in 1960 as Mosali a Nkhola.

A novel set at the height of British colonial rule in Lesotho about a young ruler who faces losing his kingdom.

"...the dichotomies between justice and injustice, educated and uneducated people, backward and advanced culture all contribute to one central idea, namely that if a foreign culture is imposed on a people, it is bound to disrupt the social fabric of their lives, thus causing mental dislocation, emotional displacement as well as confusion of self-knowledge among them. This is in short what deculturation amounts to." T.Selepe, quoted in Cambridge History of South African Literature

BM Khaketla was born in 1913 in Lesotho. He published two novels, three plays and a collection of poems. He was also founding editor of the newspaper Mohlabani.
Mohlele (N.) ILLUMINATION, a novel
223pp. paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R290
A novel about an accomplished musician, composer and band leader who lives for art at the expense of all else.

"Illumination is a glorious celebration of the unfathomable nature of friendship and a deft appraisal of a complex individual's and South Africa's most pressing ills." Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of Nervous Conditions and This Mournable Body

Nthikeng Mohlele was raised in Limpopo Province and Tembisa township. He is the author of the novels Michael K, Pleasure, Rusty Bell, Small Things and The Scent of Bliss. Pleasure won the 2016 University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing in English and the 2017 K. Sello Duiker Memorial Prize.
Praeg (L.) ed. PHILOSOPHY ON THE BORDER, decoloniality and the shudder of the origin
177pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2019. R345
A collection of essays that respond to the #MustFall student protests of 2015 and 2016.

Contributions include:
"How Should We Teach the History of Philosophy Today?" by Anke Graneß
"Curriculum in Times of Decolonisation: reflections on knowledge, power and identity at the University of the Free State" by Lis Lange
"Totality by Analogy; or: the limits of law and black subjectivity" by Leonhard Praeg
"Adam Small's Shade of Black Consciousness" by Ernst Wolff.

"This rich collection presents a profound challenge from the South to Philosophy everywhere. Starting with a thoughtful response to the recent student revolt in South Africa, it fundamentally problematises the self-understanding of the discipline and opens up exciting and at the same time necessary new avenues for Philosophy as reshaped through the recognition of place and event. In the process, it moves beyond many of the tired stalemates in the current debates and presents academics and intellectuals worldwide with powerful new ways of understanding their task. A must-read for every self-critical philosopher, which to my mind means every philosopher worthy of the name." Professor Louise du Toit, Department of Philosophy, Stellenbosch University

Leonhard Praeg is Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria.
Shell (S.) CHILDREN OF HOPE, the odyssey of the Oromo slaves from Ethiopia to South Africa
334pp., illus., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R420
Originally published in the USA in 2018.

A group biography of the 64 Oromo children who were sent to Lovedale Institution, A Free Church of Scotland mission in the Eastern Cape. The children, enslaved in Ethiopia, were freed when the British navy intercepted two shipments in 1888 and 1889.The missionaries interviewed each of the children, leaving a rare collection of first-hand narratives.

"Shell shines new light into the great void of the actual experiences of enslavement in Africa, arguably the single most pervasive motivator of historical changes in the continent for up to three centuries. She tells a dramatic story with restraint, poise, and dignity." Joseph Miller, author of The Problem of Slavery as History

"Children of Hope advances our knowledge of slavery and abolition in Northeast Africa and the Indian Ocean World using a truly remarkable set of sources and a novel approach. Shell fills significant gaps in our knowledge of children and slavery, the practice of slave trading, and the lived experiences of liberated Africans in the Red Sea region." Matthew Hopper, author of Slaves of One Master

Sandra Rowoldt Shell has worked as a professional academic research librarian in African studies for several decades. She is presently Senior Research Associate (Cory Library), Rhodes University.
Tema (B.) LAND OF MY ANCESTORS, an epic South African story, based on true events
269pp., paperback, Revised Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R220
Originally published in 2005 as "The People of Welgeval". This edition has a new prologue and epilogue.

Bothlale Tema's fictional re-telling of the history of the Tema family from the farm Welgeval in the Pilansberg, set against the backdrop of slavery, colonialism, the Anglo-Boer War and the rise of apartheid. "All of the main characters were real", from the author's prologue.

"South Africa has been waiting for its Alex Hailey, who traced his family back through slavery and wrote the classic Roots...A rich and moving account of Tema's family history." Fred Mouton, journalist at Die Burger

Bothlale Tema was born in Johannesburg and raised in small villages and towns in the western Transvaal. She was the first Secretary General of the South African National Commission for UNESCO and later worked as Director of Human Resources for the African Commission in Addis Ababa. She is now retired.
Vladislavić (I.) THE DISTANCE,
269pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R270
A novel about a writer who turns to the scapbooks of newspaper cuttings about Mohammed Ali he created as a child in an attempt to understand his past.

Novelist, essayist and editor Ivan Vladislavic has won the University of Johannesburg Prize, the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. His books include The Folly, The Restless Supermarket, Portrait with Keys and Double Negative. In 2015 he was awarded Yale University's Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. He lives in Johannesburg where he is Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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