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    When Marina Abramovic Dies
    R340.00 inc. VAT

    Marina Abramovic has spent four decades making traumatic and transcendent artworks using her own body as a material–and breaking through the boundaries of visual art along the way. When Marina Abramovic Dies examines the extraordinary life and death-defying work of one of the most pioneering artists of her generation–and one who is still at the forefront of contemporary art today.

     

     

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    White Noise
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    Better than any book I can think of, White Noise captures the particular strangeness of life in a time where humankind has finally learned enough to kill itself. Naturally, it’s a terribly funny book, and the prose is as beautiful as a sunset through a particulate-filled sky. Nice-guy narrator Jack Gladney teaches Hitler Studies at a small college. His wife may be taking a drug that removes fear, and one day a nearby chemical plant accidentally releases a cloud of gas that may be poisonous. Writing before Bhopal and Prozac entered the popular lexicon, DeLillo produced a work so closely tuned into its time that it tells the future. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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    White Sands – Experiences from the Outside World
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    Weaving stories about places to which he has recently traveled with images and memories that have persisted since childhood, Dyer tries “to work out what a certain place—a certain way of marking the landscape—means; what it’s trying to tell us; what we go to it for.”

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    Who Was Sinclair Beiles?
    R160.00 inc. VAT

    Beiles is probably most famous for helping Burroughs get Naked Lunchpublished at Olympia through Girodias, at a time when Burroughs was really strung out on paregoric and/or heroin. His most famous work in print is probably as one of the four contributors (Beiles, Burroughs, Corso & Gysin) of the now legendary cut-up compilation, Minutes to Go, published in 1960.

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    Whoever Fears the Sea
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    South African scriptwriter Paul Waterson is in Kenya to carry out research for a documentary film. It’s October 2001, and his relationship has come to an unexpected end.

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    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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    This book is that story’s the silent twin

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    Why I Read :The Serious Pleasure of Books
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    Wendy Lesser’s extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America’s most significant cultural critics,” writes Stephen Greenblatt. In Why I Read, Lesser draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing one of the most distinguished literary magazines in the country, The Threepenny Review, to describe her love of literature.

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    Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters
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    In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a brilliant French artillery officer and a Jew of Alsatian descent, was court-martialed for selling secrets to the German military attaché in Paris based on perjured testimony and trumped-up evidence.

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    William Blake: Seen in my visions – A Descriptive Catalogue of Pictures
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    In 1809 William Blake was an obscure poet and engraver with little or no reputation. When he held an exhibition of his work in a private house in Soho in the west end of London it was not a success; the only review in the press was extremely unfavourable and few of the public came. One of those who did was the writer Charles Lamb, who later reserved special praise for the catalogue that accompanied the show, describing it as ‘mystical and full of visions’.

    The catalogue reveals much about the ambition of the man who was to become one of the most unique and highly regarded artists and writers of his time, with a worldwide reputation that continues to grow. In it we learn of his theories about painting, read his unsparing critiques of other artists and gain some extraordinary insights into the workings of his mind. Part commentary and part manifesto, it is as radical as it is in places eccentric.

    Fully illustrated in colour with reproductions of all his surviving works from the original exhibition, the book also includes an essay by Martin Myrone, a leading authority on British art of the period, making it an essential purchase for all those wanting to know more about the life and work of this fascinating and enigmatic figure.

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    With My Head Above the Parapet: An Insider Account of the ANC in Power
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    Ben Turok, a former antiapartheid activist and veteran ANC MP, played a key role in the writing of the Freedom Charter, in particular its chapter dealing with economic equality. In November 2011, he broke party ranks and did not vote for the controversial Protection of Information Bill, also known as the Secrecy Bill.

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    Within Loving Memory of the Century: An Autobiography
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    Azaria Mbatha is one of South Africa’s most important contemporary artists in the last century. This autobiography is rooted in the traditional Zulu heritage of his childhood and the tenets of Christianity imparted by his father. Mbatha weaves his own history into the history of his family, into the history of South Africa and into the history of his time, as he experienced it.

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    Women Writing Africa: The Eastern Region
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    This volume highlights twenty-three languages and five east african countries: Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It forcuses on the daily lives of women in retellings of personal sufferings and truimphs, parlimentary speeches, friction, poetry and songs, and the roles of women in creating and educated people in nations free from colonial rule. Marriage is a theme that runs throughout: “A Mother’s Advice and Prayer” from 1858 is a nuptial manual in verse, and “I Want a Divorce,” taken from a 1922 court record, gives a valuable glimpse of the power struggles between husband and wife. On a lighter note, a collection of recent song lyrics complains about useless husbands and lovers. Many 20th-century writers address colonialism and independence: Penina Muhando Mlama’s “Creating in the Mother-Tongue” looks at the linguistic, literary and socioeconomic obstacles to writing in indigenous languages.

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    Women Writing Africa: The Northern Region
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    The acclaimed Women Writing Africa Project continues with the second volume of Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel. Drawing upon more than a decade of research, West Africa and the Sahel covers the territory where most African Americans find their roots.

    The collection encompasses an epic cultural history through the voices of women represented in twenty languages spoken in an area encompassing twelve countries. Beginning with African kingdoms dating six centuries or more before colonialism and independence, the volume gathers 132 texts—stories, songs, letters, drama, oral history, diaries, and historical documents—each with a readable authoritative headnote explaining its cultural and historical contexts. A general introduction provides an overview of West African cultural and literary history, including the brilliant and diverse traditions of women’s oral literatures.

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    Zulu Identities: Being Zulu, Past and Present
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    What does it mean to be Zulu today? Is this different from what it has meant in the past? Zulu Identities wrestles with these and many other related questions to show how the characteristic traditions of a pre-industrial people have evolved into different cultural expressions of “Zulu-ness” in modern South Africa.

    This unique volume examines the legacies of Shaka, the intrigues of Zulu royalty, gender and generational struggles, cultural and symbolic projections, and spirituality. It highlights the debates in contemporary South Africa over the manipulation of Zulu heritage, whether deployed for party political purposes or exploited to promote eco- and battlefield-tourism. And finally the book contemplates the future of Zulu identity in a unitary South Africa seeking to embrace the forces of globalisation.

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