291pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2009
"In 1992, a gang leader was shot dead by an ANC member in Kroonstad. The murder weapon was then hidden on Antjie Krog's stoep. In Begging to Be Black, Krog begins by exploring her position in this controversial case. From there the book ranges widely on scope, both in time - reaching back to the days of Basotho king Moshoeshoe - and in space - as we follow Krog's experiences as a research fellow in Berlin, far from the Africa that produced her." from the flyleaf
This book is shortlisted for the 2010 Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.
Award-winning journalist and poet Antjie Krog has published eight volumes of poetry, several of which have been translated. The book, Country of My Skull (1998), her account of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which she covered for the SABC and Mail & Guardian newspaper, won numerous awards, including the Alan Paton Award and the Olive Schreiner Award. It was followed in 2003 by A Change of Tongue, in which she examines issues of transformation.