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Country of my skull : guilt, sorrow, and the limits of forgiveness in the new South Africa

Author: Antjie Krog
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Ever since Nelson Mandela dramatically walked out of prison in 1990 after twenty-seven years behind bars, South Africa has been undergoing a radical transformation. In one of the most miraculous events of the century, the oppressive system of apartheid was dismantled. But how could this country - one of spectacular beauty and promise - come to terms with its ugly past? How could its people, whom the oppressive white
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antjie Krog
ISBN: 0812931289 9780812931280
OCLC Number: 123273706
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 403 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction / Charlayne Hunter-Gault --
Before the Commission. Ch. 1. They Never Wept, the Men of My Race. Ch. 2. None More Parted than Us --
First Hearings. Ch. 3. Bereaved and Dumb, the High Southern Air Succumbs. Ch. 4. The Narrative of Betrayal Has to Be Reinvented Every Time. Ch. 5. The Sound of the Second Narrative. Ch. 6. The Wet Bag and Other Phantoms. Ch. 7. Two Women: Let Us Hear It in Another Language. Ch. 8. Guilt Is on the Move with All Her Mantles --
Politics. Ch. 9. The Political Page Curls over Itself. Ch. 10. Reconciliation: The Lesser of Two Evils. Ch. 11. Amnesty: In Transit with the Ghosts. Ch. 12. The Political Tongue at Anchor --
Reactions. Ch. 13. Blood Rains in Every Latitude.
Responsibility: Antjie Krog ; [introduction by Charlayne Hunter-Gault].

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Ever since Nelson Mandela dramatically walked out of prison in 1990 after twenty-seven years behind bars, South Africa has been undergoing a radical transformation. In one of the most miraculous events of the century, the oppressive system of apartheid was dismantled. But how could this country - one of spectacular beauty and promise - come to terms with its ugly past? How could its people, whom the oppressive white government had pitted against one another, live side by side as friends and neighbors?

To begin the healing process, Nelson Mandela created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, headed by the renowned cleric Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Established in 1995, the commission faced the awesome task of hearing the testimony of the victims of apartheid as well as the oppressors. In this book, Antjie Krog, a South African journalist and poet who has covered the work of the commission, recounts the drama, the horrors, the wrenching personal stories of the victims and their families. Through the testimonies of victims of abuse and violence, from the appearance of Winnie Mandela to former South African president P.W. Botha's extraordinary courthouse press conference, this award-winning poet leads us on an amazing journey.

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