: Qunta (C.)

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220pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016


In this collection of essays Christine Qunta suggests that South Africa is a nation suffering a type of post-traumatic stress disorder, the result of 350 years of physical and psychological trauma, and sees psychological healing as vital to the reconstruction of the country.

"Christine Qunta has, through her collection of essays, given life to the Swahili proverb that says, 'Life can be understood backwards, but we live it forwards'. These essays help Africans to look backwards, and to walk forwards - out of slavery, of self-hate, of apartheid and colonialism. She lays the foundation for a Reconstruction and Development Programme of our spirit, mind and body as black people, of Africans to be humane to themselves. She has given me the opportunity to think deeply, once more." Mongane Wally Serote

Attorney and author Christine Qunta was active in the Black Consciousness Movement during the 1970s and spent 17 years in exile before returning to South Africa in 1993. She is also the author of "Who's Afraid of Affirmative Action: a survival guide for black professionals".