New Arrivals 28th to 5th of March 2020

TWENTY YEARS OF THE CAINE PRIZE FOR AFRICAN WRITING,
320pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2020. R250
First published in the UK in 2019.

Introduction by Ben Okri.

An anthology of all twenty prize-winning short stories. Winners include Brain Chikwava and NoViolet Bulawayo from Zimbabwe, and Mary Watson, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Lidudumalingani from South Africa.

The Caine Prize for African writing was instituted twenty years ago by Baroness Emma Nicholson.
Chigudu (S.) THE POLITICAL LIFE OF AN EPIDEMIC, cholera, crisis and citizenship in Zimbabwe
230pp., illus., map, paperback, Cambridge, 2020. R250
Simukai Chigudu traces the historical origins of the 2008/09 cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, examines the pattern of its unfolding and impact, analyses the institutional and communal responses and discusses the questions that have persisted as people struggle to come to terms with the epidemic as a ‘man-made’ disaster.

"Chigudu has captured perfectly the political trajectory of a tragedy that formed not only political discourse but political subjectivities - reflected in the rich testimonies he has gathered. It is a book rich in its detail, ultimately bleak, and helps us understand the political condition of Zimbabwe." Stephen Chan, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Simukai Chigudu is Associate Professor of African Politics at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He was awarded the biennial Audrey Richards Prize for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies examined at a UK university. He worked as a medical doctor before becoming an academic.
Clarno (A.) NEOLIBERAL APARTHEID, Palestine/ Israel and South Africa after 1994
287pp., illus., maps, paperback, Chicago & London, 2017. R570
“Through careful comparative analysis, Clarno undermines the popular misconception that Israel/Palestine and South Africa took divergent paths in the 1990s, with the latter becoming a model of post-racial freedom and equality. Instead, as he persuasively explains, the experiences and standards of living of poor Palestinians and poor Blacks in South Africa are similarly precarious and vulnerable to violence and marginalization. The theoretically rich ways in which Clarno explains apartheid in terms of neoliberal political economy will give the concept a far broader cache among scholars and activists than it currently has.” Lisa Hajjar, author of Torture: a sociology of violence and human rights

Neoliberal Apartheid is an exciting, highly innovative, thought-provoking, and powerfully argued analysis of socioeconomic inequality and the governance of social exclusion. Clarno’s study is grounded in an impressive ethnographic fieldwork, which has taken him from South African townships to Palestinian refugee camps, where he talked to a wide array of informants, from local residents to policymakers, political activists, business representatives, and local and international security personnel. The width and depth of Clarno’s research, combined with wide-ranging first-hand accounts of realities otherwise difficult for researchers to access, make the book a path-breaking contribution to the study of social change, political transitions, and security dynamics in highly unequal societies.” Franco Barchiesi, author of Precarious Liberation

This book won the American Sociology Association: ASA-Paul Sweezy Book Award.

Andy Clarno is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Desmarais (P.) [NOT JUST] A LITtLE PRICK, hilarious & other stories of a young doctor
261pp., paperback, No Place, 2019. R280
A collection of humorous autobiographical sketches in which Dr Peter Desmarais writes about his childhood experiments, his internship at Addington Hospital in Durban and his first years of general practice. Currently he is an ENT surgeon in private practice in Umhlanga Rocks.

Self-published.
Dlamini (J.) THE OTHER STORY, a fireside chat with African achievers
224pp., colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2019. R512
Judy Dlamini interviews Zanele Mbeki, Richard Maponya, Nhlanhla Dlamini, Gloria Serobe and Sakumzi Macozoma, amongst others.

South African businesswoman Judy Dlamini is the Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and the founding chairperson of Mbekani Group. She is the author of Equal but DIfferent and Native Nostalgia.
Durbach (E.) ROUNDABOUT,
223pp., paperback, No Place, 2019. R310
A novel about a woman struggling to come to terms with the death of the man she has loved for most of her life.

Self-published.

Journalist Elaine Durbach is the author of two non-fiction books, With Mixed Feelings and South Africa, the wild realms, She lives in New Jersey, USA.
Heydenrych (A.) DIE AFLOERDER,
277pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R260
A psychological thriller about a reporter who moves from Johannesburg to Colesberg to write a crime novel, but becomes involved in the investigation into a series of murders.

Andel Heydenrych is the author of Malhuis. Currently she lives in Colesburg.
Higginson (C.) THE DREAM HOUSE, with The First Dream House added for this edition
242pp., paperback, Revised Edition, Johannesburg, (2015) 2016. R180
A novel set in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal.

This novel won the 2015 University of Johannesburg Main Prize.

The First Dream House explores Higgenson's motivations for writing the novel.

"It's here at last...the South African novel that throws off all the literary baggage of political cliché and posturing, and gives us an honest exploration of not only what it is to be human, but what it is to be South African" City Press

"Craig Higginson is in the vanguard of the latest and most exciting novelists in South Africa, both robust and sensitive, offering a barometer of the best to be expected from the newest wave of writing in the country." André Brink

Craig Higginson Lives in Johannesburg. His previous novels include Last Summer and The Landscape Painter, which won the University of Johannesburg Award for South African Literature in English.
Krüger (A.) GEEN ENGEL NIE,
286pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R270
A novel about a man who grew up on the streets of Randfontein and Germiston and turned to crime in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

André Krüger is the author of Die Twee Lewens van Dieter Ondracek, which won the University of Johannesburg Prize, and 'n Redelike Hoeveelheid Moeilikheid. He lives in Stellenbosch.
Mali (N.) THE WIDOWS SANCTUARY/ 'INQABA YABAHLOLOKAZI/ WEDUWEES SE HEILIGDOM, upliftment and empowering information for women who have lost their husbands
72pp., illus., paperback, No Place, 2018. R260
A series of interviews with women whose husbands have died, conducted by Dr Nomfundo Mali. All the women interviewed were participants in a Women's Empowerment Program (WEP) group where they receive emotional support from other widows. WEP also offers counselling and legal and financial advice, focusing especially on rural women and those in township and farming communities, many of whom struggle after their husbands' death.

Self-published.
Matthee (D.) TOORBOS,
311pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2003) 2020. R290
A novel set in the 1930s, about a woman born into a community of poor woodcutters living in the Knysna forest. Soon after marrying she realises that she has made a mistake and leaves her husband to return to the forest.

The book has been made into a feature film.

Award-winning author Dalene Matthee was posthumously honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the South African Department of Arts and Culture in 2007. She died in 2005. Her books have been translated into 14 languages. Her other novels include Kringe in 'n Bos, Fiela se Kind, Moerbeibos and Pieternella van die Kaap.
Moorman (M.) POWERFUL FREQUENCIES, radio, state power, and the Cold War in Angola, 1931-2002
257pp., illus., paperback, Athens, 2019. R580
“This is an outstanding book. Moorman, already the author of a superb and influential social history of Angolan music, writes the definitive work on Angolan radio during the colonial and post-independence periods. It not only unearths new knowledge about Angolan history, but places Angolan developments in the wider canvas of the Cold war. That Moorman has achieved this through a book that is elegantly written and compellingly argued are but two of its many qualities. This will be a must read not only to those focused on modern Africa, but to anyone interested in the workings of state propaganda and the global Cold War.” Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, University of Oxford

“Moorman’s incisive study argues that the medium of radio is central to the history of human actors, political movements, wars, as well as the struggle for and the exercise of power in southern Africa. Yet radio has not heretofore been an object of systematic analysis in connection to Angola. Following her groundbreaking Intonations, Moorman once again proves herself to be one of the leading scholars on this key southern African nation.” Fernando Arenas, author of Lusophone Africa: beyond independence

Marissa Moorman is Associate Professor of African History and Cinema and Media Studies at Indiana University. She is the author of Intonations: a social history of music and nation in Luanda, Angola, 1945 to recent times.
Smith (H.) VERSKUILDE VERSE,
89pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2019. R245
A new collection of poems by Hennie Smith. His debut collection of poems, Multivers, was published in 2016.
Steingo (G.) KWAITO'S PROMISE, music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa
307pp., illus., paperback, Chicago & London, 2016. R755
Gavin Steingo discusses kwaito's development alongside the democratization of South Africa over the past two decades. He also explains kwaito's ambiguous relationship with politics, power, and the state. His analysis is based on ten years of ethnographic research that included living for a year in Soweto, kwaito’s birthplace, and performing and recording with kwaito musicians.

Kwaito’s Promise delivers more than it promises. The book is not simply an account of the rise of a popular genre that provided the soundscape for South African township youth in the first years of freedom. It ventures boldly into an uncompromising, complex analysis of how this amorphous style of music gave form to the cultural imaginary, indeed to the very lives of its consuming creators. Heita!” David Coplan, University of the Witwatersrand

Gavin Steingo is Assistant Professor of Music at Princeton University.
Tendi (B-M.) THE ARMY AND POLITICS IN ZIMBABWE, Mujuru, the liberation fighter and kingmaker
339pp., illus., paperback, African Edition, Cambridge, 2020. R250
A biography of General Solomon Mujuru (or Rex Nhongo), a liberation fighter in the 1970s, the first black commander of independent Zimbabwe’s national army, and an important figure in Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU PF party until his controversial death by fire in 2011.

"This is the book everyone interested in Zimbabwean political history has been waiting for. Its biographical lens provides unique new insight into the ruling party and military. Moving from Mugabe's rise to power in Mozambique, through the ceasefire, army integration and persecution of ZIPRA cadres in the early 1980s, to the bitter succession struggle of the 2000s, it reveals the workings of the deep state against Mugabe's adversaries." JoAnn McGregor, University of Sussex

Blessing-Miles Tendi is Associate Professor in African Politics at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Making History in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: politics, intellectuals and the media.

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