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1. A man of good hope [2015]

Book
xvii, 334 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
When Asad was eight years old, his mother was shot in front of him. With his father in hiding, he was swept alone into the great wartime migration that has scattered the Somali people throughout the world. This extraordinary book tells Asad's story. Serially betrayed by the people who promised to care for him, Asad lived his childhood at a sceptical remove from the adult world, living in a bewildering number of places, from the cosmopolitan streets of inner-city Nairobi to towns deep in the Ethiopian desert. By the time he reached the cusp of adulthood, Asad had made good as a street hustler, brokering relationships between hardnosed Ethiopian businessmen and bewildered Somali refugees. He also courted the famously beautiful Foosiya, and married her, to the astonishment of his peers. Buoyed by success in work and in love, Asad put $1,200 in his pocket and made his way down the length of the African continent to Johannesburg, whose streets he believed to be lined with gold. So began an adventure in a country richer and more violent than he could possibly have imagined. A Man of Good Hope is the story of a person shorn of the things we have come to believe make us human - personal possessions, parents, siblings. And yet Asad's is an intensely human life, one suffused with dreams and desires and a need to leave something of permanence on this earth.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780224094122 20160618
Green Library
AFRICAAM-119-01, AFRICAAM-219-01, AFRICAST-119-01, AFRICAST-219-01, CSRE-119-01
Book
xl, 296 ; 20 cm
The life story of Winnie Mandela remains one of the great dramas of our times, an ongoing tale of triumphs and tragedies that is still unfolding. In the Cry of Winnie Mandela, a highly acclaimed novel first released in 2003, Njabulo S. Ndebele focuses on four women at a specific period in the history of southern Africa who have spent time waiting for their men to return. Their ordinary, 'private' stories are anchored to the more powerful public stories of Penelope, of ancient Greek mythology, who waited eighteen years while her husband Odysseus was away, and Winnie Mandela, who waited for twenty-seven years. The women question themselves and each other about why they waited and what this waiting did to them, leading to a series of extraordinary and haunting 'conversations' with one another as well as with Penelope and Winnie.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781770103085 20160612
Green Library
AFRICAAM-119-01, AFRICAAM-219-01, AFRICAST-119-01, AFRICAST-219-01, CSRE-119-01
Book
189 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Boy in a jute-sack hood
  • Disgrace
  • The one that got away
  • Mrs Pringle's bed
  • There's the bird that never flew
  • Neighbours
  • Friends and goffels
  • Trompe l'oeil
  • Nothing like the wind
  • N2
  • In the Botanic Gardens
  • Another story.
Green Library
AFRICAAM-119-01, AFRICAAM-219-01, AFRICAST-119-01, AFRICAST-219-01, CSRE-119-01
Book
124 p. ; 20 cm.
"Welcome To Our Hillbrow" is an exhilarating and disturbing ride through the chaotic and hyper-real zone of Hillbrow - microcosm of all that is contradictory, alluring and painful in the changing South African psyche. Everything is there: the shattered dreams of youth, sexuality and its unpredictable costs, AIDS, xenophobia, suicide, the omnipotent violence that often cuts short the promise of young people, and the Africanist understanding of the life continuum that does not end with death but flows on into an ancestral realm. Infused with the rhythms of the inner city pulsebeat, this courageous novel is compelling in its honesty and its broad vision, which links Hillbrow, rural Tiragalong and Oxford. It spills out the guts of Hillbrow-living with the same energy and intimate knowledge , with which the Drum writers wrote Sophiatown into being.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780869809952 20160528
Green Library
AFRICAAM-119-01, AFRICAAM-219-01, AFRICAST-119-01, AFRICAST-219-01, CSRE-119-01

5. Mother to mother [1999]

Book
vi, 210 p. ; 23 cm.
Green Library
AFRICAAM-119-01, AFRICAAM-219-01, AFRICAST-119-01, AFRICAST-219-01, CSRE-119-01