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Lost and Found in Johannesburg

by Mark Gevisser

An inner life of Johannesburg that turns on the author's fascination with maps, boundaries, and transgressions

Lost and Found in Johannesburg begins with a transgression—the armed invasion of a private home...

Notebooks: 1960-1977

by Athol Fugard

"Fugard registers and captures the keen images that are the very stuff of vibrant theatre."--Time

Cousins: A Memoir

by Athol Fugard

A remarkable memoir of the author's coming of age as a writer.

The Train Driver and Other Plays

by Athol Fugard

The latest works by one of the world’s foremost playwrights.

More Than Just a Game

by Chuck Korr & Marvin Close

Timed perfectly for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the true story of how political prisoners under apartheid found hope and dignity through soccer

In the hell that was Robben Island, inmates united courageously...

Living in Hope and History

by Nadine Gordimer

Internationally celebrated for her novels, Nadine Gordimer has devoted much of her life and fiction to the political struggles of the Third World, the New World, and her native South Africa. Living in Hope and...

London to Ladysmith via Pretoria & Ian Hamilton's March

by Winston Churchill

"London to Ladysmith via Pretoria" is a personal record of Winston Churchill's impressions during the first five months of the Second Boer War. It includes an account of the Relief of Ladysmith, and also the...

Into the Heart of the Whore

by Jacques Pauw

The ongoing assassinations of anti-apartheid activists led to rumours that some kind of third force must be responsible. The South African government flatly denied any involvement. All investigations of the...

Into the Heart of Darkness

by Jacques Pauw

Jacques Pauw has been an investigative journalist for more than three decades. Before the phenomenal success of The President’s Keepers, he spent years tracking down apartheid death squads. Into the Heart...

On Durban's Docks

by Ralph Callebert

On Durban's Docks focuses on dock labor in early apartheid Durban, South Africa's main port city and a crucial node in the trade and communication networks of the Indian Ocean and the British Empire. Although...

The Decolonial Mandela

by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

A significant contribution to the emerging literature on decolonial studies, this concise and forcefully argued volume lays out a groundbreaking interpretation of the "Mandela phenomenon." Contrary to a neoliberal...


by Peter Richard Dreyer

Isacq is a novel based on the early life of an actual historical figure, Johannes Augustinus Dreyer (1689–1759). Commencing with a long flashback from the Cape of Good Hope in 1738, it recounts his adventures...

Taming the Disorderly City

by Martin J. Murray

In postapartheid Johannesburg, tensions of race and class manifest themselves starkly in struggles over "rights to the city." Real-estate developers and the very poor fight for control of space as the municipal...

The Assassination of King Shaka

by John Laband

In this riveting new book, John Laband, pre-eminent historian of the Zulu Kingdom, tackles some of the questions that swirl around the assassination in 1828 of King Shaka, the celebrated founder of the Zulu...

A World View From Africa

by Jabulani Morodi

The political systems of the world seems to make ordinary citizens account, while businesses and politicians not to account. These regions and continents are undergoing radically transitions in their own ways;...

The Great Boer War

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Great Boer War is a non-fiction work on the Boer War by Arthur Conan Doyle and first published in 1900.

During the course of the war some sixteen Editions of this work have appeared, each of which was, I...

Within the Private Space of Black South African Women

by Duduzile Sokhela & Daniella Blechner

Within the Private Space of Black South African Women is an exploration of the difficulties and hardships black South African women face on a daily basis. Life as a black South African woman can be full of obstacles...

Afrikaner Odyssey: The Life and Times of the Reitz Family

by Martin Meredith

The odyssey of the Reitz family passes like a thread through the tapestry of South African history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Originally Dutch-Afrikaner gentry from the Cape, the family...

The Collapse of Apartheid and the Dawn of Democracy in South Africa, 1993

by John C. Eby & Fred Morton

This game situates students in the Multiparty Negotiating Process taking place at the World Trade Center in Kempton Park in 1993. South Africa is facing tremendous social anxiety and violence. The object of...

Winning Our Freedoms Together

by Nicholas Grant

In this transnational account of black protest, Nicholas Grant examines how African Americans engaged with, supported, and were inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement. Bringing black activism...