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Morally brave, politically brave, aesthetically challenging, disturbingly detailed, passionately felt, exacting in its witness to outrage. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. How could its people, whom the oppressive white government had pitted against one another, live side by side as xntjie and neighbors?

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It thrusts me as a white South African into the sins of our fathers – ALL of our fathers – and keog me, yet again, of the fragility of our beautiful people. Is it just a publicity stunt or will the truth come out? Mar 22, Satu rated it it was ok.

Wasn’t really crazy about this book. As Country of my Skull recounts, the divisions in South Africa are deeper and more plentiful than between black and white, even as there is an unassailable truth – antjje all whites benefitted ky the losses experienced by almost all blacks, be those losses legal, economic, cultural, or personal including loss of life.

Since the commission began its work, it has been the central player in a drama that has riveted the country. Please provide an email address.

The Commission revealed the extent to which apartheid dehumanised blacks and allowed ordinary men to commit horrific acts of abuse, and it introduced a moral language in which the past could be confronted. And yet This book is a compilation of testimony from south Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Why did so many perpetrators of brutal crimes feel no compassion for their victims?

She received the Pringle Award for excellence counttry journalism for her reporting on… More about Antjie Krog. To the extent that the TRC itself is part of the story of South Africa, I suppose it is part of the wider story, but perhaps I was expecting too much. Of course, that was years ago, when I was steeped in the TRC.



Headed by the Nobel Krov Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the commission held out the promise of complete amnesty, but only in return for complete honesty about each and every offense. This is somewhere skjll a memoir and an oral history project. It is one of the most difficult books emotionally I’ve ever read; I could only read 10 pages or so at a time before it became too much to take. Oct 18, Luke Stacks rated it really liked it.

However, she is so focused on the particularities and intricacies of the South African experience that many general readers will find substantial chunks of this book somewhat inaccessible, despite a concluding glossary of South African terms and brief bios. And at long last, flicking cigarette ash from our shoulders, we can weep in the certainty of this April; in the assurance of the testimony of fellow South Africans.

Botha’s extraordinary courthouse press conference, this award-winning poet leads us on an amazing journey. Should the ANC accept responsibility for crimes it committed or can it hide behind the kro of a “just war”? How does one rebuild kroh relationship when one is dishonored? The one that Antjie Krog attempts to write about from the inside out?

Krog writes from the perspective of an Afrikaner, struggling to come to terms with the fact that her nation has been antije on massive, widespread human rights abuses, of which her race have been the perpetrators and the beneficiaries.

This book is a compilation of testimony from south Africa’s Truth and Skhll Commission. Desmond Tutu Deputy chairman: Repressive laws mandating separation of the races were thrown out. Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Heads up that this is a highly graphic novel about torture that at times I had to kgog down and walk away from for a bit. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Ruby was assistant publisher at Trolley, an independent photographic imprint for two and half years. In many of the submissions the blacks and colored were seen as not to be “human”.

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The current situation of a divided, through the years, South Africa population is shown in a book which combines the journalistic and autobiographical style. This idea seems to have resonated powerfully with some of the victims who gave evidence, anrjie Cynthia Ngewu, mother of Christopher Piet, one of the Guguletu Seven:.

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And it is here that the book’s strength lies. View the discussion thread. Cities in conflict Homage to deformed cities.

Krog does a magnificent job of meditating on the form and function of words – words exchanged in conversation, in testimony, in poetry, in official reports – and all while stretching the utility of each word she chooses for herself, to tell this particular story, of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission trying to heal a nation through speech.

I can well understand why Antjie Krog, working as a journalist on a daily basis for over two years, felt physically sick and at times overwrought with anger bordering on hysteria.

Krog quotes a fellow journalist:. In Aprilten years ago this week, the South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard its first testimonies. Mthintso says a man who didn’t break under torture was respected by the police.

Africa because the glossary in the back was not sufficient and I was conscience of my identity as an outsider. We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions. If I write this, I exploit and betray. This nonfiction work mixes the historical tragedy with the personal one.

Please try again later. A clear step backwards: This book deals with the apartheid of South Africa and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee that was tasked with finding out the truth of what happened. Though the book could easily have turned into a mind-numbing litany of wrongs, and it would have been justified in doing so too, it wasn’t.

She is an Afrikaner, but foremost, a South African. The only voice we here is her own.