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    Casting Shadows: Images from a New South Africa

    Edward West uses the metaphorical power of shadow to foreground the shifting visibility of South Africa’s black population post apartheid. From 1997-1999, he traveled in South Africa to photograph the country’s townships, squatter camps, and locations during this historic time of transition. In focusing on the private moments of these newly empowered people within their own communities, West has created a complex, visually compelling study of the ways in which identity is inextricably linked to environment. Utilizing the medium of photography in large scale color Giclee prints, West has developed a rich visual language built on the shadow metaphor that at once moves us and grounds us.

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    Christo Coetzee: Paintings from London and Paris, 1954-1964

    Art historians are beginning to look anew at the abstract creations of the 50s and 60s and a new awareness of their significance has arisen. In this book the authors bring together a rare collection of the work of Christo Coetzee.

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    David Lurie: Daylight Ghosts: History, Myth, Memory

    The Cradle of Humankind?a paleoanthropological site about 30 miles northwest of Johannesburg, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999?is the site of the discovery of many of the oldest hominid fossils in the world, some dating back three million years. This site opens windows onto many pasts: onto the origins and evolution of humanity, but also, perhaps less well known and appreciated, it bears witness to many of the key phases of more recent South African history.

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    Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-Apartheid
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    This original book is a much needed and far reaching exploration of post-apartheid South African life world. Entanglement aims to capture the contradictory mixture of innovation and inertia, of loss, violence and xenophobia as well as experimentation and desegregation, which characterizes the present. The author explores the concept of entanglement in relation to reading of literature, new media forms and painting. In the process, she moves away from a persistence apartheid optic, drawing on the ideas of sameness and their limits, in order to elicit ways of living and imaging that are just starting to take shape and for which we might not yet have a name. In the background of her investigations lies a preoccupation with a future-oriented politics, one that builds on largely unexplored terrains of mutuality while being attentive to a historical experience of confrontation and injury.

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    Fools, Bells and the Habit of Eating
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    Cupidity, corruption and conciliation are the themes of three plays in this collection: The Mother of All Eating, a one-hander, with its central character a corrupt Lesotho official, is a grinding satire on material in which the protagonist gets his comeuppance. ‘You Fool, how can the sky fall?’ is an unbridled study in grotesquerie, reflecting a belief.

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    Frank Spears – The Painter
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    Frank Spears – the painter is a visual biography which traces his life from his humble beginnings in Birmingham to his professional life in Cape Town where he met his wife of almost 60 years, the poet, Dorothea Spears.

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    Handspring Puppet Company (Hardcover)
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    Handspring Puppet Company was founded by Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Jill Joubert and Jon Weinberg in 1981. They have produced eleven plays and two operas, collaborated with many different artists including Mali’s Sogolon Puppet Troupe and South African artist William Kentridge which opened in over 200 venues in South Africa and abroad.

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    Handspring Puppet Company (Soft Cover)
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    Handspring Puppet Company was founded by Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Jill Joubert and Jon Weinberg in 1981. They have produced eleven plays and two operas, collaborated with many different artists including Mali’s Sogolon Puppet Troupe and South African artist William Kentridge which opened in over 200 venues in South Africa and abroad.

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    How Beautiful this Place Can Be
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    South Africa is where Stuart O’Sullivan was raised, and where his family still lives. Growing up as a member of the white middle class, his childhood was one of affluence and privilege but, as he moved towards adulthood, he became increasingly conscious of the deprivations endured by his fellow South Africans. However, belief in the need for fundamental change came hand in hand with anxiety for his family’s future.

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    I Write What I Like – 40th anniversary edition
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    I Write What I Like features the writing of the famous activist and Black Consciousness leader, Steve Biko. Before his untimely death in detention at age 30, he was instrumental in uniting Black Africans in the struggle against the apartheid government in South Africa.

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    Isabella Motadinyane :Complete Poems
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    Isabella Motadinyane was born in 1963 in Mofolo Central, Soweto, and died in 2003 in Orange Farm. She used English, Isicamtho, and Sesotho to create a powerful legacy of performance, poetry, and song. On the page, her poems were intense, funny, and painful, while her onstage delivery, whether speech or song, was electrifying in vitality and timing.

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    Jafta
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    Jafta, a young boy growing up in Africa, describes some of his everyday feelings by comparing his actions to those of various African animals. The book is filled with rich illustrations and clever similes to explain all sorts of feelings and actions.

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    Life Under Democracy

    Featuring images that capture South Africa’s status after 18 years of liberation, this collection of photographs includes personal daily reflections as well as more deliberate excursions that present democratic life in the republic. As the photographer returns to the areas he shot in the 1980s and visits some of the people and places previously photographed during apartheid, this book offers a sense of how much has changed and, in some cases, how much has remained the same. Often utilizing an iPhone camera as a means of discourse, this fascinating account focuses on the subject of social change.

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    Liminal
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    This seventh collection from one of South African poetry’s underappreciated masters is possibly his best yet. Metatextual, meticulous and deeply steeped in sentiment, Liminal is an exquisite and at-times startling rumination on lives lived, loves loved and writings written.

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    Love Child – Gcina Mhlophe
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    Love Child is a collection for the new millennium generation. It is valuable not just for the deeply-felt personal and political insights it has to offer, but for the accessible ease with which it manages to capture the seminal moments of black South African history in the preserving amber of the author’s personal recollection.

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    Masixole Feni: A Drain on our Dignity
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    Photojournalist Masixole Feni, the first black winner of the 2017 Ernest Cole award, showcases his work in A Drain on our Dignity: An Insider’s Perspective. It portrays issues such as evictions, poor infrastructure, lack of sanitation, water scarcity, and overpopulation in black communities. As Feni says, “I live at the back of an RDP house in Mfuleni on the Cape Flats.

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    Moods of Nature

    Moods of Nature is the black, white and orange sequel to the acclaimed art books Reflection, Shades of Nature and Art of Nature. It is daring and original. The photography is unique and powerful. The text, in caption format, is a mixture of poetry and philosophy; it complements the images in an extraordinary manner. There is a depth in the visual images that the viewer will only fully appreciate by reading the accompanying words.

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    No Fears Expressed: Quotes from Steve Biko
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    Biko’s words fall under a wide range of topics including racism, blackwhite relations, remedies for apartheid, colonialism, black rage and township life. All are topics that reflect the ever-present divide that exists between black and white South Africans.

    Steve Biko would have been 70 years old in 2017. His place in history is firmly cemented and the struggle that he gave his life for continues. He left a legacy of thoughts and words, and these words pay tribute to the courage and power of the young leader who was to become one of Africa’s heroes.

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